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. 

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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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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A Look at a Professional Muay Thai Fighter Running Program – Darren Mitchell

A Look at a Professional Muay Thai Fighter Running Program - Darren Mitchell

The following article was submitted to Fight Quality by Darren Mitchell from bestmuaythaiboxing.com.

Pounding the pavement is an essential part of Muay Thai training, and something you need to do consistently if you want to stay fighting fit.

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Custom Boxing Equipment: More than Just Style

Custom Boxing Equipment: More than Just Style

The following article was submitted to Fight Quality by infinitudefight.com.

When it comes to boxing, a lot of people think it is a crude sport. The fact is, that could not be further from the truth. There is nothing crude in boxing if you truly get to know the sport. From the styles that beguile the audience to the techniques that take years of practice to master, boxing is as intricate a sport as it gets. It takes a lot of effort to bring together elements and components that lead to the enhancement of skill in boxing. One such element is the use of boxing equipment that suits your style of boxing and makes it easier for you to train. 

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Simple Partner Drill To Stop Yourself Flinching In Sparring

Simple Partner Drill To Stop Yourself Flinching In Sparring

As a beginner the first time you spar is likely to be one of the moments that you question if the sport is right for you, as even people who have just a few months more experience than you seem able to pick you apart at will. A massive part of this is that you’re just not used to the situation and are more prone to tensing up and flinching away from incoming shots.

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5 Major Benefits of Joining a Gym – Albert Guardado

5 Major Benefits of Joining a Gym - Albert Guardado

The following article was submitted to Fight Quality by Albert Guardado from Combat Brands, LLC and ringside.com.

Are your clothes fitting a little bit too tight nowadays? Maybe stress has you down and out? How about people who are just looking for a new hobby? If you’ve been considering joining a gym for some time now, we are here to tell you that you should stop thinking about it and take action.

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6 Tips for Muay Thai Beginners – Darren Mitchell

6 Tips for Muay Thai Beginners - Darren Mitchell

The following article was submitted to Fight Quality by Darren Mitchell from bestmuaythaiboxing.com.

Muay Thai is a great sport which can be enjoyed from everyone from the casual trainer, right up to the professional fighter. Whether your goals are to become a world champion, or just have a bit of fun and improve your fitness, here are a few tips to set you out on the right path.

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Six Explosive Exercises To Add To Your Strength And Conditioning Routine

Six Explosive Exercises To Add To Your Strength And Conditioning Routine

Fighting is all about applying explosive strength and power to your opponent’s chin, but how do you maximise that power? Here are six exercises you can incorporate into your strength and conditioning program to help maximise your explosive power.

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Avoiding Hand Pains and Injury When Wearing Boxing Gloves

Avoiding Hand Pains and Injury When Wearing Boxing Gloves

In sports which rely on using your body as a weapon, it’s understandable that you’re putting yourself at risk of all sorts of aches, pains and injuries. Knuckle, finger and wrist pains are especially common amongst beginners. Quite often these are caused by the same few issues, meaning a lot of the time there are steps which can be taken to get rid of the pains all together.

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Common Training Injuries and How To Treat Them – ACL Tear

Common Training Injuries and How To Treat Them - ACL Tear

You’re sparring in the ring or cage, just moving round, and you quickly change direction to create an angle on your opponent. That’s when you feel a sudden and severe pain from your knee. Or you’re in a fight and your opponent lands a heavy leg kick against the side of your knee, and the pain sends you down to the canvas. Unfortunately you’ve just found out what it’s like to tear your ACL.

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Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them – Boxer’s Fracture

Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them - Boxer's Fracture

You’ve been boxing for a while, you’re really enjoying it and you feel like you know what you’re doing in the gym. Everything’s starting to flow and as your techniques getting better you start ramping up the power. One day you’re dropping bombs on that crazy heavy punch bag and bang, pain shoots through your hand and by the time you take your glove off it’s starting to swell and change colour. Say hello to your new boxer’s fracture.

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Why Are Heavy Bags Useful for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports?

Why Are Heavy Bags Useful for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports?

If you’ve ever found yourself in a Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA or Muay Thai gym, then there’s a strong chance you’ll have seen the imposing line of heavy bags hanging along the edge of the room. Often worn on the outside, but still standing up to the regular punishment, waiting for you to give it your hardest shot.

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Weight Cutting Techniques for Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA

Weight Cutting Techniques for Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA

In any sport that requires competitors to make a certain weight, cutting weight becomes a skill in itself. From powerlifters to MMA fighters, weight cutting is a popular way to gain some advantage. We’re going to go over a couple of different methods to drop water weight in order to hit the scales bang on your target.

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4 Tips For Your First Time Sparring

4 Tips For Your First Time Sparring

Sparring is the time when you put all of your training, skills and technique into practise against another moving person. It’s not a fight, but rather a controlled chance to fill in the gaps which can’t be taught with pads or a heavy bag – reading your opponent and controlling the situation.

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