What are combat sports?
Combat sports involve forced physical contact between two participants. They are usually executed through a variety of moves such as striking, grappling, kicking, weapon handling or a combination of moves.
Common examples include boxing, pro-wrestling, kickboxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, jujitsu, capoeira, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Greco-Roman wrestling, mixed martial arts (which can include all of the aforementioned) and many more.
To the un-indoctrinated, the perception of a combat sport is something either done for competition (boxing, MMA) or associated with entertainment (movies, WWE). In reality, many disciplines are practised around the world for a number of reasons:
- Occupational requirement
It doesn't matter whether you are an Anthony Joshua, Roger Gracie or Ronda Rowsey what all the combat sports have in common is that they are total body activities that require a combined skill-set of speed, power, endurance and agility.
The total body nature of most combat sports means that injuries can occur from overuse or trauma and can affect any part of the body. You can literally get injured anywhere from head to toe depending on what you are doing and with whom.
Seeing a clinician that has an understanding of the nature of your sport and the ways an injury can occur means they will be able to plan your recovery with an appreciation of what you are looking to return to doing.
If you have sustained an injury that you are concerned about contact us here to find out how we can help.