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Bloody Elbow Injuries

As I read through the awesome post by NickPT I saw a handful of injury reports from members, quite a few were knee injuries. That got me wondering about the injuries people on here have received from training and competing in the combat sports world. I don't believe we have had a fan post like this, at least in a while, I thought it would be good discussion.

Personally I do not train and I haven't trained since I was in 6th-8th grade when I did Aikido, Judo, and a mix of Karate and Muay Thai striking. After that hockey just took over my life and I didn't have time to continue. My injuries are pretty limited in the hockey world (in life in general for that matter) and I think that has a lot to do with the break-fall training I had from Aikido, learning how to fall properly or just roll out has probably saved me countless injuries. I do know a few people that train and they are trying to get me into it but I hear a lot of talk about getting something pulled, poped, tweaked, or bashed and it honestly has prevented me from getting in and training. The last thing I want to do is train with somebody that might go too hard or not be experienced enough and accidentally do real damage to me.

The 2 biggest injuries that I have had came within the last few years. I had a high ankle sprain that took me out for about 6 months after a completely innocent collision happened while I was skating through the slot, I wasn't involved in the initial collision but one of the guys that was came down on my calf, sideways, and pop went the ankle. To recover from this I didn't even go to the Dr. I went home and iced it off and on and wrapped it and unwrapped it during the day. I ceased almost all activity except going to the gym where I didn't do any exercises that would put weight or strain on my ankle. After the pain subsided and I felt comfortable with using it again I started using a stationary bike to rebuild the mobility and strength. It's back to normal as far as I can tell because I can go on a 12 mile bike ride, run 4 miles and lift my normal weight/ program in the gym again.

The second injury was a concussion from a 100% cheap shot that saw they guy kicked out of the league. This one I went to the Dr for because if you haven't had a concussion you just don't know what it's like. You feel disconnected, kind of dumb (at least I did, maybe that's just me) and slow. It's really frustrating but it cleared up within a week and I wasn't allowed to do anything strenuousness for an entire month. Including running, obviously playing hockey, or lifting anything that was remotely heavy, and no drinking either.

So those are my 2 big injury experiences. I'm interested in the training/ competing injuries my fellow readers have experienced in training because I do want to get in there and train, just curious to see what everybody has experienced before I sign up. What say you Bloody Elbow Readers? What injuries have you had, how long did they keep you out, how were they treated?

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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