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. 

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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The Best Fighter Nicknames (Part 2 – The Badass)

The Best Fighter Nicknames (Part 2 - The Badass)

Nicknames and fighters have always gone together, with the best ones becoming more well known that the fighters actual names; like ‘Money’ Mayweather or ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Some people go as intimidating as possible with their nicknames, some are boastful, a fair few are funny and quite a lot are terrible. Here at Fight Quality we’ve put together a list of our favourite badass fighter nicknames for you to enjoy:

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The Ultimate Guide To Boxing Gloves (Updated 2019)

The Ultimate Guide To Boxing Gloves (Updated 2019)

Welcome to the Fight Quality ultimate guide to everything you need to know about boxing gloves, updated for 2019.

When we originally wrote the first version of our Ultimate Guide back in 2016 we wanted to bring you the absolute best resource for everything you could possibly want to know about boxing gloves. Since then the guide has undergone several updates, reflecting the changes in the industry, technology and brands.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Train Muay Thai?

What Equipment Do You Need To Train Muay Thai?

Perhaps you’re considering taking up Muay Thai, or maybe you’ve been going a while and want to make sure you’re using the right equipment. We’re here to walk you through all of the equipment you might need.

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The Different Types of Handwraps for Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA

The Different Types of Handwraps for Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA

When you first start a striking martial art, such as Boxing or Muay Thai, you’ll notice that before anyone hits anything they sit around and wrap material around their hands – but this doesn’t look anything like the material you see on pro-boxers hands on the TV. Then when you google ‘boxing hand wraps’ you see things that look like fingerless gloves with some added padding. We’ve already written an article explaining why you need to wrap your hands, but how do you pick between all the different sorts you can find?

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New Fight Gear – August 2018

New Fight Gear - August 2018

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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5 of the Best Submissions in UFC History

5 of the Best Submissions in UFC History

We often feel that BJJ doesn’t get the credit it’s due when it comes to MMA – a lot of casual fans don’t appreciate the sheer technical ability that goes into submissions and how difficult it can be to secure the tap, especially when the person you’re trying to control is trying to punch you in the face.

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New Fight Gear – July 2018

New Fight Gear - July 2018

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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How to prepare for your first Muay Thai camp – Darren Mitchell

How to prepare for your first Muay Thai camp - Darren Mitchell

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

Attending a Muay Thai camp is a great way to sharpen your Thai boxing skills, and is also an exciting and challenging all-round experience. Over days (or even weeks) you will be pushed to you physical and mental limits as you train every aspect of Muay Thai alongside seasoned Thai fighters and coaches.

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New Fight Gear – June 2018

New Fight Gear - June 2018

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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What does the ‘oz’ mean on Boxing Gloves? Glove Sizes Explained

What does the 'oz' mean on Boxing Gloves? Glove Sizes Explained

If you’ve just started looking for a pair of boxing gloves you’ll spot that boxing gloves aren’t measured in size, but in weight. It’s easy to be pretty clueless as to what to buy, but we’re here to break it down.

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How To Take Care Of Your Mouthguard

How To Take Care Of Your Mouthguard

Here at Fight Quality we know that your gear only takes care of you if you take care of it. One of the most important pieces of protective equipment in your bag (except maybe your groin guard) is your mouthguard – we’ve reviewed quite a few of them. You’ve got to take care of your pearly whites because there’s a distinct difference between a tough, rugged fighter and a tough, toothless fighter.

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