BJJ Injuries – Don’t Be a Tough Guy!

bjj-tough-guyHey guys, its Bear with some more knowledge to drop. If you have followed this blog enough, by now you understand how much BJJ is a passion not only for me but for all of my BJJ Revolution Teammates. We like to train hard and we like to train often. We are known for pushing the pace in the gym and on the competition mats. Don’t lie, you have probably been one of those guys or ladies (yea, our ladies go hard in the paint) that say “Ahh, lets go light tonight bro. Flow roll, you know?” and then as soon as the bell rings you transform into an American Palhares ready to rip someone’s knee off and bring that baby home with you. It okay, I have been that guy. It’s okay to go hard and push yourself but there is a fine line between pushing yourself and pushing yourself too far. Bumps and bruises happen in this sport but sometimes the pain lasts a little bit longer than a couple days. At this point you may be asking yourself “What do I do? I don’t want to miss class and look soft.” This blog aims to address these questions in hopes of steering you in the right direction next time you body tell you “Chill bro.”

When you first think something is wrong, you need to ask yourself a gauntlet of questions. The most important question you need to ask yourself is if the injury is serious enough to where you need professional medical attention. If so, drive yourself or find someone to take you to the nearest ER or Walk-In clinic to have yourself checked out. Chances are if it hurts that bad, it won’t heal on its on and if it does you will walking like a jacked up mongoloid on a 3 day peyote trip. Not cool bro. Get the help you need to get you back on the mat as soon as possible. No one will think you are soft for taking care of yourself. As your teammate, we expect you to take care of yourself so that you can continue to be there for us at practice. But what if the injury doesn’t warrant an ER trip?

If the injury doesn’t warrant an ER trip, the next question you need to ask yourself is whether or not your pain will get in the way of you being able to fully participate and complete a team practice. Once again, no one will think you are soft for missing practice because you are injured. There is a difference between being hurt and being injured. Not to sound like a hard-ass because I am anything but one, but I believe my only practice where I was at 100% was my first BJJ practice. Since then there have always been little bumps, bruises and soft spots that hurt but never enough to inhibit me from fully participating in practice. You learn to push through the hurt but if you are injured, you are injured and no one will give you flack for that.

There is always a lot of talk about ego and checking it at the door. This applies not only on the mat while training but while also off the mat when dealing with injuries. No one expects you to be a tough guy and if you do try to practice injured you are furthering your injury while also harming your teams training time. Drop your ego and take care of yourself. We all love to train but our body always knows best and will let you know when you need to cool it. You just have to listen! I hope this blog answered any questions you may have during your next injury and possibly serve as a guide for how to handle it.

Til next time, train hard and train often,

Bear

 

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