Navigation Links
Punch Up Your Martial Arts Practice
Date:2/10/2009

Follow these steps to avoid injury--while getting kicked, punched, and thrown

ROSEMONT, Ill., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Whether it's for self-defense, competition, discipline, or just exercise, people are turning to martial arts in increasing numbers. Martial arts can include karate, taekwondo, tai chi, judo, and hapkido, as well as related sports such as kickboxing and capoeira.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (http://www.aaos.org) (AAOS), martial arts can be a good way to stay active during the cold, winter months. The appeal of these sports is that the focus is not on strength and muscle mass, but rather on balance, flexibility, speed, strength, agility and endurance, making them appropriate for both males and females, young and old.

Therefore, AAOS recommends that martial arts students and their instructors take precautions to minimize the chance of injury.

"Martial arts can be a great way to get some exercise while developing mental discipline," says Joseph Marotta, MD, spokesperson for the AAOS. "These activities require proper conditioning, training and equipment. Martial arts students need expert instruction by qualified teachers. These measures will ensure safety and enjoyment and keep you coming back to learn more."

The Academy offers the following tips to help prevent injuries from martial arts:

  • Consult with a physician before beginning your conditioning to make sure you are ready for intense physical activity.
  • Train under the direction of a martial arts instructor who focuses on form and technique, rather than solely on competitive strategy. These techniques should include the proper way to fall to avoid injury, as well as methods to prevent injuring your partner during practice.
  • Wear the appropriate protective gear for your type of activity; for example, taekwondo, as a full contact sport, requires a head guard, a body protector, forearm and shin guards, and a groin guard.
  • Exercise to strengthen the stabilizer muscles--rotator cuff muscles and hip adductors (inner thigh muscles or groins) and abductors (muscles on the outermost part of the hip), which help to support the back and hips and improve your balance. Also, stretching will help build your flexibility, and cardio can help develop your speed and endurance.
  • Maintain proper breathing techniques when practicing martial arts to avoid injury--breathing out during the contraction portion of any stretching movement, and breathing in during the extension portion of any stretching movement.
  • Do not take part in these or other sports when exhausted or in pain.
  • If you have children who take part in martial arts, make sure they understand that they should not attempt stunts performed by more experienced practitioners, such as breaking boards or bricks by kicking or punching. Also, ensure that they realize that martial arts can be dangerous, and therefore they should be careful of using their techniques on other children outside of their martial arts class.

www.orthoinfo.org

About AAOS

http://www6.aaos.org/news/Pemr/releases/release_boiler.cfm?category=6&releasenum=715


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Preschool Lunch Doesnt Always Pack Nutritious Punch
2. Bar Drinks Pack More Punch Than Thought
3. Combination therapy packs 1-2 punch against melanoma
4. Regulatory B cells exist -- and pack a punch
5. New drug combination brings 1-2 punch against acute leukemia
6. Targeted therapy plus chemotherapy may pack 1-2 punch against melanoma
7. Cranberries: The Little Fruit With a Great Big Punch
8. Bacteria beware: MIT student invents knock-out punch for antibiotic resistance
9. Painless Hemorrhoid Treatment Adds Management Punch
10. Karate For Your Body Announces Release of Volume One in Martial Arts DVD Training Series, Focusing On Fundamentals
11. Elderlys restless nights helped by ancient martial art
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches ... success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in ... than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme ... “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was ... other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Haute ... Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest ... world, and the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction Group (VCG) ... held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, ... dedicated to helping service members that have been wounded in battle and their families. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ... markets and sells medical devices and wearable sleep respiratory ... strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply Chain Management Co., ... June 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s new Internet medical ... Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales platform to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... Market by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen Needles), ... (Insulin, GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) ... MarketsandMarkets, This report studies the market for the forecast ... to reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from USD ...
(Date:6/24/2016)...  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in the ... cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has secured ... led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel Capital ... Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization of ... of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: