Regardless what sport you are engaging into, injuries are inevitable part of it. Some sports have higher chance of injuries then others, but almost every sport has injuries specific to it. Those injuries can be partially prevented, but there is no absolute safety as far as it is concerned. However, that doesn’t mean that the way you treat your hobby or sport of choice couldn’t get safer and better. Listening to your trainers and older and more experienced colleagues and going along the said safe guidelines is one of the ways to eliminate most of the risk. But you also need to understand some other things and learn to respect them for yourself.
Concussion – the most basic and common form of injury in the martial arts field of sports along with some other, mostly extreme, sport niches is the head concussion. Concussions are usually products of hard falls or hits to the head, and if the sport you are practicing involves a lot of it the first thing you need to learn is to take a punch or lean how to fall in the safest manner. If you are feeling dizzy, unbalanced or sick after such a fall you should stop with the training immediately and visit a doctor. Safety equipment is also important and can prevent a lot of damage.
Head injuries – specially relevant to martial arts sports, the head and face injuries are something that a lot of practitioners of this sports are experiencing. In some of them it can be prevented with safety equipment and in some – it’s just not working like that. In either case, before you even get to the contact training you need to be able to protect yourself. if you are going home with lacerations and bruises after every training, you are not doing it right. Learn how to defend yourself and diminish the amount of such injuries before you start the heavy training.
Neck injuries – protecting your neck is very important, of course – you must understand it without us saying that to you. Neck is a fragile thing, sensitive, with a lot of moving parts, and a slight dislocation can lead to a very serious trouble. Many sports involving possible neck injuries have the rule of protective gear and most martial arts sports do not allow neck grabbing or choking. Still, some do, and in those cases, injuries can be severe and serious. If you are not a professional. In those cases – you have to master the technique that will allow you to safely handle your adversary. In this case, you are not protecting yourself, you are being careful not to hurt your opponent and make it a safe sport. This form of safety is great, and usually training will get you to the level where you understand it, but if in some case your trainer fails to teach you to care about others, now is the time.