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Common Capoeira Injuries

Posted on 27 April 2008 by chan

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Common Injuries and Injury Prevention in Capoeira

Written by Instrutor Bruxa

Introduction

We thought it would be a good idea to outline a few common injuries that “Capoeiristas” seem to experience as well as highlight preventative measures to avoid them.

We would like you to use the information below as a tool to increase your knowledge. In saying that, this section should not assist you to make your own diagnosis, but more so to encourage you to seek professional advice.

I guess the most important things to remember are:

– Similarity of the symptoms you are experiencing to the ones we described here, don’t always mean that you have sustained the type of injury you are reading about.
– No written and prescriptive treatment will be as effective as having individualised professional treatment
– If in doubt about the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing, seek advice!

Risk factors

Some of the factors that can increase risk of injury include:
• Poor technique – holding or moving the body incorrectly can put unnecessary strain on joints, muscles and ligaments.
Make sure you keep your body aligned, use joint pivots and do not compensate movements. Seek advice from your martial arts teacher if you think your techniques need improving
• Inexperience – beginners are more likely to get hurt because their bodies are not used to the demands of the sport.
• Overtraining – training too much and too often can lead to a wide range of overuse injuries.

Common injuries

• Skin damage – such as cuts, blisters and bruises.
• Sprains – injury to ligaments
• Strains – injury to muscle or tendon. For example, a muscle may tear from the rapid stop that occurs when you make contact with an opponent or ground.
• Knee injuries – caused by the bent-knee stance typical of most martial arts ( ginga, esquivas etc) and the use of forceful kicks (such as martelo) that can injure the joint if not done properly.
• Dislocations and fractures – particularly of the shoulder, finger, foot and toes.
• Overuse injuries – any part of the body can be injured by overuse and fatigue

What to do if you injure yourself

Suggestions include:
• Stop immediately to help prevent further damage ( even if you do feel better after a few minutes, its probably best if
you rest for the rest of the training session!) .
• Seek prompt treatment of injury. Early management will mean less time away from training.
• Treat all soft tissue injures (ligament sprains, muscle strains, bumps and bruises) with RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression,
Elevation (raise the limb above your heart) and seek advice from a health professional.
Do not resume activity until you have completely recovered from injury

Watch Bruxa’s section for articles written about:

1. Warm Ups

2. Groin strains/Groin pulls

3. Wrist tendonitis

4. Rehabilitation exercises

5. basic diet program

6. Blisters

Plus much more!

REFERENCES:
1. Bruxa’s brain
2. http://martialarts.about.com/od/techniquesandtutorials/ht/howtowarmup.htm
3. http://www.monash.edu.au/muarc/VISU/reports/martial.html
4. http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Martial_arts_preventing_injury?OpenDocument
5. http://orthopedics.about.com/od/sprainstraintreatment/Information_About_Treatment_of_Strains_Sprains.htm
6. http://orthopedics.about.com/od/sprainstraintreatment/ht/muscle.htm
7. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/blisters-home-treatment
8. http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/handwristsurgery/a/wristtendonitis.htm

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Elene Digaetano Says:

    you really have a way with words what a brilliant post,more health topics please

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