Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Guest Blog - Common Martial Arts Injuries


t is is estimated that around 10-15% of all martial arts injuries are located in the
foot and ankles. This finding is not surprising given the amount of strain that is placed on these areas during the high contact these sports often involve.

While the types of injuries sustained through martial arts depend greatly on the type of discipline being practiced, it’s fair to say that the types of injuries a jujitsu fighter typically suffers are inherently different from the issues an aerobic kick boxer will experience.


Of the foot problems incurred through martial arts, Plantar Fasciitis is a very common issue. It is often triggered through the pivoting of the foot and can be made worse through high velocity kicks.

Please follow this link for more information on Plantar Fasciitis

Sprained ankles are another common injury during martial arts training. Most ankle sprains are induced through kicking on un-even surfaces or caused from the improper weight shifting when performing strikes. Therefore it is vital that mats are regularly checked for signs of wear and tear and replaced. Novices are at most risk from ankle injuries due to their poor technique in performing strikes, however with the correct coaching and guidance, these problems can be rectified.

In martial arts, being bare-foot may also be a significant risk factor in producing injury. Being flat and bare-foot means there is no arch support. Tight calf muscles can result from lots of jumping which in turn reduces the motion in the ankles. Therefore individuals may over compensate for this and over stretch the fascia.


Achilles tendonitis issues can also arise through excessive training and lack of recovery time. This can potentially be a very painful issue, due to the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. While this condition usually develops over a period of days, it is usually characterised by shooting pain above the heel bone that gradually eases through training. However, if this problem persists, then this can lead to chronic Achilles tendonitis, which is a much more serious condition.

Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis usually involves resting since the issue is often instigated through over-training. Cold therapy can often reduce the inflammation, and while it is advised to reduce the pressure on the damaged Achilles tendon using a heel pad, this should only be a temporary measure. In more serious cases, an operation may be required when other treatment methods fail.

Since martial arts can be a heavy contact sport, injuries are sometimes unavoidable and therefore inevitable. However, through understanding the risk factors such as improper technique, over training, and lack of rest, the injuries sustained can be minimised. When injuries do occur, the correct understanding of the issue can lead to a quicker recovery and a reduction of the problem being made worse through the above factors.

This blog was written by Jamie Bardwell, a sports injury therapist who runs an excellent site on all aspects of health and wellness.  His knowledge is quite extensive. Hopefully, this isn't the last post he'll write for us!  For more sports injury information, please visit  I’ll soon place a direct link to this site.


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