A Guide to Choosing the Best Muay Thai Shorts – Part 1

A Guide to Choosing the Best Muay Thai Shorts - Part 1

Muay Thai, like other combat sports, requires a certain type of clothing when training and competing in order to maximise movement. Unlike other combat sports, the visual style of Muay Thai shorts has developed over the years, leading to a much flashier, vibrant style.

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Common Training Injuries And How To Treat Them – Ankle Sprains

Common Training Injuries And How To Treat Them - Ankle Sprains

You throw a leg kick, it connects beautifully as always, but when you return to your stance you land awkwardly and roll over you ankle. It hurts, a lot. Welcome to your new ankle sprain! Ankle sprains are pretty common in everyday life, not just sports, but sudden changes of direction and turning to throw punches and kicks definitely increases the likelihood that you might end up twisting your ankle.

What is an ankle sprain?

Like other joints in your body your ankle is held in place by a series of ligaments. An ankle sprain is the term used when you over stretch (or in bad cases tear) one of these ligaments.

What causes an ankle sprain?

The most common way to cause a sprain is to twist your ankle – you’re very suddenly stretching the ligaments that hold your joint in place further than they’re meant to be stretched. They get broken down into 3 grades depending on how severe they are.

Grade 1 – Mild over stretch, you might get some bruising and swelling but you can still weight bear. Quick recovery time. 

Grade 2 – Moderate sprain, overstretch injury with a partial tear. You ankle may feel unstable and hard to weight bear on. Longer recovery time.

Grade 3 – Complete ligament tear, severe bruising and swelling, very painful to weight bear and likely to feel really unstable. Longest recovery time. 

Can I train through it or do I need to rest?

You’re probably going to need to rest it, though maybe not for very long. Most ankle sprains fit into the grade one category and are self diagnosed and self treated – you turn your ankle over, its painful so you cut training short, get some ice on it and take some anti-inflammatory painkillers and you’ll be fine in a couple days. The grade two and three sprains are going to be more painful and will require more time away from training. 

Do I need to see my doctor?

Again, depends on the severity, but if it’s a bad grade 2, and definitely if its a grade 3, then you’re probably going to have to see your doctor. 

What treatments are there?

The good news is that you probably won’t need surgery, even for a grade 3. Typically treatment involves managing pain and swelling and then giving you exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your ankle. This may take a few months of physio though, so you’ll have to be patient. If you’re still struggling with ankle stability after a period of exercise and/or you keep twisting your ankle you may need to have an operation to secure the ligament in place.

How do I prevent it reoccurring?

Strengthen the muscles in your lower leg to support your ankle and work on some dynamic movement exercises (like hopping in different directions) to improve your body’s awareness of where your ankle is in space. 

New Year, New Gear – December 2019

New Year, New Gear - December 2019

Worried you’ll miss when your favourite fight brand releases an amazing new line of gear? We bring you a monthly round-up of the latest fight gear ranges released by all of your favourite brands, so you can see all the best new fight gear all in one place.

Whether it’s for Boxing, MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai or other combat sports, make sure you keep up to date with the latest gear and equipment each month. Check out the other New Fight Gear round-ups here.

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Quick Tips on Finding a Martial Arts Gym

Quick Tips on Finding a Martial Arts Gym

New year, new you, amiright?  One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape and start going to the gym – there’s a reason for all the busy gym memes filling up our instagram feed. Martial arts are definitely a great way to get yourself into the shape of your life, and you’re more likely to stick to your resolution if you’re having fun and learning a new skill too.

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FQ’s Last Minute Christmas Gifts

FQ’s Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner and we all know the stress of last minute present buying; especially if you aren’t sure what to get someone. FQ always have your back though and we’ve put together a list of stocking-fillers that the fighters in your life will appreciate. To make it even better for you we’ve made sure every product we’ve suggested is available on Amazon Prime, so you can take advantage of that one day delivery to get hold of it before the big day – depending on your area the last day for Prime orders is the 22nd or 23rd of December, so you’ve got a couple of days to take advantage.

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New Fight Gear – November 2019

New Fight Gear - November 2019

Worried you’ll miss when your favourite fight brand releases an amazing new line of gear? We bring you a monthly round-up of the latest fight gear ranges released by all of your favourite brands, so you can see all the best new fight gear all in one place.

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Inspirational Fighters – Damien Trainor

Inspirational Fighters - Damien Trainor

Combat sports are an ever-changing landscape of fighters, with new names popping up constantly. All fighters have heart, and all fighters have talent, yet of all the fighters who have stepped up over the years, there are some who stick in our minds, who changed the way we think about the sports we love, and who are truly inspirational to today’s generation of martial artists.

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Inspirational Fighters – Saenchai

Inspirational Fighters - Saenchai

Combat sports are an ever-changing landscape of fighters, with new names popping up constantly. All fighters have heart, and all fighters have talent, yet of all the fighters who have stepped up over the years, there are some who stick in our minds, who changed the way we think about the sports we love, and who are truly inspirational to today’s generation of martial artists.

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FQ’s Early Predictions For The UFC Fight Of The Year

FQ's Early Predictions For The UFC Fight Of The Year

Fight of the Year is always a hotly debated topic, with many entertaining fights being suggested as deserving the top spot. With the end of 2019 rapidly approaching, we wanted to suggest our nominations (so far) for the best fights – here are our three favourites

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New Fight Gear – October 2019

New Fight Gear - October 2019

Worried you’ll miss when your favourite fight brand releases an amazing new line of gear? We bring you a monthly round-up of the latest fight gear ranges released by all of your favourite brands, so you can see all the best new fight gear all in one place.

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Five Recovery Methods to Improve Your Performance

Five Recovery Methods to Improve Your Performance

You’re smashing in training, eating right and putting plenty of strength and conditioning work but are you making sure your recovery is on point? If you want to maximise your performance you have to make sure that you’re putting your body in a position to perform at its best time and time again. So because FQ have always got your back we’ve put together a list of five recovery methods you can incorporate into your training program.

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Diamond MMA Athletic Cup Test & Review (Video)

Buying groin guards is tricky business. Every brand claims to keep you safe, but when it comes to your crown jewels, you need to know you’ve got the best protection. We’ve taken the hard shots, so you can make sure you’re protected.

How to choose the right Gi for you

How to choose the right Gi for you - Guest post by breakinggrips.com

The following article was submitted to Fight Quality by Ronan, a writer from breakinggrips.com.

The Gi is also known as a Kimono and is the traditional uniform of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It was adapted from modern Japanese and is very similar to the uniform worn in Judo. Some BJJ schools such as 10th Planet do not use a Gi and train in  what is known as Nogi (rashguards and shorts) However the vast majority of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies practice Jiu-Jitsu in the Gi.

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