When you train in any sport injury can hold you back for months on end. The risk of injury exists in all sports and exercise, but in combat sports the risk is greater. Repeatedly striking a punch bag or an opponent with a solid Muay Thai guard can play havoc with your joints and cause soft tissue damage if done incorrectly.
There are certain Muay Thai exercises that can cause injury, even if they don’t involve striking directly. We teach the correct form in our Muay Thai school in Singapore and assure that at VANDA we train safe!
Common Injuries and How To Avoid Them
Swollen and Sprained Ankles
Most Muay Thai practitioners will be injured at some point in their career. It’s a combat sport that involves kicking someone’s Muay Thai guard, grappling and moving in all directions.
Prevention:Form is hugely important when it comes to kicking. Large muscles are involved and a great amount of force generated. If your kick lands incorrectly, you could end up doing some serious damage to yourself.
Timing is also important. If you time a kick incorrectly you might end up kicking someone’s knee or elbow – a recipe for pain.
Small joints often taken the brunt of the force, especially if you don’t connect quite as you’d hoped. A Muay Thai guard that’s solid, will stop almost anything!
Prevention: Wrap up, wrap up and did we say – wrap up! Learning to wrap your wrists properly will help to protect the small bones in your hands and your wrists.
Usually associated with running for too long, too soon – shin splints can cause a lot of pain and keep you out of the gym for some time. They’re often caused by too much impact and force making it’s way to your shins.
Prevention:Wear properly fitting trainers with a good supportive sole.
When you’re first using different parts of your body to strike, it’s common for them to become bruised.
Prevention:These Muay Thai exercises should be increased gradually over time. Your body can’t take too much punishment in one go.
It’s a serious challenge, trying to perfect Muay Thai exercises and your Muay Thai guard. If you want to find a friendly place to work out – hop on over to our Muay Thai school in Singapore. We even offer a free trial.