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?