5 Ways to Stay Safe in Martial Arts
5 Ways to Stay Safe in Martial Arts
When one suffers a severe head injury that is severe enough that leads to a concussion in martial arts, the brain will move out of its position for a short period. The movement of the brain will disrupt the various electrical activities that usually takes place in the RAS thus triggering the various symptoms that are associated with martial arts. The common symptoms that are associated with concussions usually last up to 30 days and in some cases it may last up to several months. Since martial arts relies on striking and throwing, the probability of one suffering a concussion is very high. Once an individual suffers a concussion while practicing martial arts, he or she must be removed immediately out of the field or dungeon and be assessed by a qualified medical practitioner. Furthermore, the individual must not be allowed to return to play unless he or she has been given the green light by the medical practitioner.
How to Effectively Prevent Injuries in Martial Arts
#1 Physical Examination
Before participating in any physical sport, may it be Karate or boxing, it is highly advisable for the participant to visit a qualified medical practitioner and have a physical assessment conducted. A physical examination plays an important role in determining as to whether, the participant is fit or not to participate in Karate. Nonetheless, physical examinations reports are a mandatory requirement in most colleges and high schools especially when an individual is keen on joining physical sports such as Karate. However, most martial arts and community sports do not require the participant to bring his or her physical examination report. If you are keen on joining Karate or any other martial arts, it is your duty to have a though medical investigation conducted on you so as to root out any Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal or neurological disorders. Individuals with any of the disorders discussed above or any other condition that may put their lives at risk should not participate in Karate unless instructed otherwise by the medical practitioner.
#2 Maintenance of Fitness
As a Karate participant, it is your duty to ensure that you are in the best physical shape at all times. Ensuring you are in tip top shape will not only prevent injuries but also will ensure that you can effectively execute various techniques. Many times, fatigue during training sessions or competitions have all lead to the poor execution of techniques and injuries. This is one of the main reasons why physical training is highly encouraged in karate and many other forms of martial arts. If you are completely out of shape, you can begin your training sessions slowly, then increase the intensity of the training gradually until you reach your maximum level of fitness. The gradual increase is highly recommended because it will not only give your vital organs ample time to adjust but will also ensure that you can remain fit for a very long time. All in all, there are several cardiovascular activities that you can partake in to improve your level of fitness. They Include
- Skipping Ropes
Furthermore, you can also participate in various anaerobic exercises such as Plyometrics and strength training to improve your performance.
Just like maintenance of fitness, warm-ups also plays a key role in the prevention of injuries and the proper execution of techniques. Recent studies indicate that cold muscles are prone to injuries than active muscles. Furthermore, warm-ups will give your body muscles and body organs the vital boost that they require performing at optimum level. All in all, warm ups are supposed to last between 3 to 5 minutes though they may vary from one individual to another. There is a different type of warm-up activity that any karate practitioner can partake in. They include; running, walking, jumping jacks, stretching and many others. After the successful completion of the warm-up exercise, the participant should then participate in stretches. Many times, stretching is neglected because the participant is too eager to start his or her session or because of a busy schedule. Nonetheless, stretching is very important because it plays a major role in preventing muscle soreness and also ensures that the muscles are not only flexible but also longer.
Many times, dehydration has hampered the performance of many athletes in Karate, Mixed Martial Arts, and many other sports. Furthermore, it has been scientifically proven that even the mildest dehydration levels can affect or hurt the performance of your body because the body is not able to cool itself through sweating or evaporation. This is one of the main reasons why every karate participant should ensure that he or she is properly hydrated before participating in any completion or training sessions.
#5 Use of Proper Equipment and Protective Gears
Use of protective gears is also another way that can be used to prevent different types of injuries in Karate. According to the World Karate Federation (WKF), protective gears are a mandatory requirement for every Karate participant and must be homologated the WKF. Currently, there are several types of protective equipment that are used in Karate to prevent injuries, especially when practicing, participating or learning the art of Kumite (Sparring or Fighting). Protective equipment was introduced in Karate because the rate of accidental injuries and deaths were on the rise hence the participants had to be protected at all cost.
Point fighting headgears are very common in Karate and many other non-contact/ semi-contact sports and are usually in a molded and deep form. The main purpose of headgears in Karate is to offer protection to the head against different types of accidental impacts such as when an individual’s head hits the floor after a knockdown or a slip. It has been proven that knockdowns and accidental slips can lead to various head injuries such as concussions and many others. Before purchasing a protective headgear, you should first ensure that it has been approved by the World Karate Association.
A shin pad is an equipment that should be won by a karate practitioner at the front of the shin in turn offering him or her protection against injuries. In all tournaments, shin pads must be worn by all participants but when practicing, the participant can decide whether to put them on or not. Before buying any shin pad, it is the duty of nay Karate enthusiast to ensure that it has been approved the World Karate Federation.
Just like shin pads and headgears, foot protectors are also a compulsory equipment in martial art tournaments and are mainly used during sparring. Foot protectors are used to preventing the participant from obtaining injuries on the bone structures of his or her feet. When shopping for foot protectors, it is your duty to ensure that they have been approved by the World Karate Federation.
Karate gum shields are exclusively designed to offer the user’s gum and teeth maximum protection in case he or she is accidentally hit on the mouth while sparring. Furthermore, gum shield is a mandatory requirement in all Karate Tournaments that are regulated by the World Karate Federation.
Unlike all the four items mentioned above, facemasks are compulsory for only cadets and must be WKF approved.