5 Ways To Avoid Jiu Jitsu Injuries
Jiu Jitsu is also known as the gentle art yet there are a number of injuries that accumulate over time or happen instantly. This sport utilizes our whole body on each occasion that we train so we must take necessary precaution prior to and during our rolls. Below is a list of 5 ways to avoid injuries while training Jiu Jitsu.
- Mat area. The most important thing we must identify is our surroundings which includes our mat space. One question you may ask is: “Who is near me?” Another is: “Are there walls, posts or other barriers that can affect me rolling if it gets intense?” You also need to be keenly aware of having a group land on you. Be aware of the edges of the mat and corners. You need to be aware of your body, for example not posting your arm on the mat if a group is near you they may collapse your elbow. It can happen so please take precautions!
- Limb Awareness. Injuries happen easily if you are not aware of your body and it’s mechanisms. For example, whether your palm is up or down may have a big impact on your hand if you get bumped or jolted over suddenly and your arm is trapped. If you are on your toes and you get bumped over and your feet are turned the wrong way you can roll on your ankle and get injured. Some people will attack the back and pull you backwards quickly so you cannot set your legs in place. You have to be aware and ready at all times or an injury can occur. Neck injuries are common, back, etc., but a lot of these types of injuries could be lessened or avoided if we were more aware. Some days you may have a guy who is reckless and you may have to play a safe position in order to survive even if you know you can match them but you choose not to risk injuring your body by battling it out. The goal is to roll another day.
- Rules at the dojo and within the roll. You must know the rules of the game before playing. Sometimes schools have different rules for different belts. Some academies allow heelhooks with beginners or even in the Gi. If you are not aware you can get surprised. You can get even do something another person is not aware of and hurt or upset them. It’s best to understand the rules before training.
- Pre-existing injuries. Stay home UNTIL it is healed up. That’s the best advice I can give about a pre-existing injury. Why? Most people who are injured often go to watch a class or drill but end up rolling and injuring themselves worse. I recommend to stay home and study if you find you have a hard time staying off the mat. Jiu Jitsu uses your whole body so it is hard to avoid re-injuring yourself.
- Harnessing your aggression. Sometimes it’s not anything other than ourselves that is our greatest liability. Some of us are a bit reckless and go too hard while injuring our bodies. The sad part is many don’t know it is them who cause their own pain. Ask yourself why you are getting injured. Is it a position? Is it a person? Is it you? Be smart out there.
And of course it goes without saying when in doubt TAP. These are 5 easy ways to avoid injuries in Jiu Jitsu. I say “easy” because most of this is within our control. If you have any other tips please feel free to leave them below by commenting.