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Recovery and Injury Prevention: Take Care of Yourself!

Martial artists run the gamut, from barely committed to all-in, and everywhere in between.  The in-betweeners on up to the all-in folks often suffer injury, or deal with hard workout/sparring recoveries.  It's important to take care of ourselves along our journey.  It's often not enough to have a couple of days off during the week.  Self-care takes a bit more intention.  That being said, recovery, injury prevention, and injury care are completely separate beasts.

"...recovery, injury prevention, and injury care are completely separate beasts."

Below is a link to Modern Era Fitness' episode on that very topic.  How to stay in the game by taking care of ourselves.  We don't need (or want) setbacks on our journey, so it's important that we take the steps to ensure our success and continual progression.  I, myself, have had a fair share of bum shoulders and leg issues.  I didn't let it take me out of the game, though. Rather, I listened to my body and took care of it in those moments.  Often, the time it takes to let your body do its thang is far less of a cost than the time it takes to recover from an actual injury.  Keep that in mind the next time you feel the need to "push it".  

"In a survival/self-defense situation, things are obviously different.  We may not have a second chance and need to endure whatever pain we experience, but on the mats we should be pushing ourselves while not ruining ourselves."

In a survival/self-defense situation, things are obviously different.  We may not have a second chance and need to endure whatever pain we experience, but on the mats we should be pushing ourselves while not ruining ourselves.

Modern Era Fitness Podcast - Ep 019 - Recovery and Injury Prevention

Be safe. Be healthy.


Sifu Caleb Hood is a martial arts instructor at Hood's Martial Arts Academy in Salem, Oregon. He currently offers classes in the Hawaiian-born self-defense system of Kajukenbo Tum Pai, as well as Yang style Tai Chi. He has experience training people from all age groups and ability levels. He is always eager to share the arts he practices with anyone that has a good attitude and a willingness to work hard. In addition to teaching self-defense through martial arts, Sifu Caleb Hood also promotes a healthy lifestyle, emphasizing healthy physical habits, as well as healthy mental habits. To learn more about the classes offered by Sifu Caleb Hood, or about the art of Kajukenbo Tum Pai or Tai Chi, visit the Hood's Martial Arts Academy website here