• Dangers Of The Heel Hook

    Just saying the term “heel hook” will send shivers down any grappler’s spine, from head to heel. In many sanctioned competitions, the heel hook is not legal in any division. If not released in time, a heel hook can do some severe damage. In this article I’m going to...
  • Guide To Knee Pain & Injuries

    When you feel a pain in your knee, your mind might quickly go to the worst-case scenario. That reaction might be warranted or not. Here’s a simple guide to help jiu-jitsu practitioners know when it’s OK to keep training, when to be a little cautious and when it’s necessary...
  • Anatomy 101 for the Jiu Jitsu Athlete

    Master the art of jiu-jitsu and you have mastered the science of anatomy. Understanding how the body moves and knowing what positions make us strong, and our opponents weak, is what jiu-jitsu is all about. Equally important is to know our anatomy and understand the components of the musculoskeletal...
  • Considerations of Wrist Injuries: What You Should Know

    Maybe it doesn’t happen too often as a white belt, but ask any grappler with experience what the one area is to attack that people often aren’t paying attention to and they’ll tell you it’s the wrist. Wrist locks present themselves all the time, maybe not as the first...
  • I Sweat, You Sweat, We All Sweat!

    “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” Dan Gable   We sweat when we train, a lot. With the possible exception of Crossfit, I have never seen so many people in a single room generate so much perspiration....
  • Hip Pain: “Should I Be Concerned?”

    Picture this: you’ve increased your training volume and intensity for an upcoming tournament that may have caused you some hip pain.  Although you have general soreness after a hard training session, your hip pain has not diminished and continues to linger.  The question you may have is, “Am I...
  • Pain… The Good and the Bad!

    Pain is a daily occurrence in some form or fashion all over the world. Have you ever heard this saying? “There’s good pain and there’s bad pain.” As a physical therapy specialist, I see people who have pain, which makes them unable to do something meaningful for them. I...
  • Rest and Recovery

    When the term “R & R” is used it usually means “rest and relaxation,” but you’re a jiu-jitsu practitioner, so chances are you’re juggling a career, training, strength and conditioning, drilling, competing, researching the latest and greatest moves from Jiu-Jitsu Magazine or a relationship, a family, etc. If that’s...
  • Grappling with joint longevity in jiu-jitsu

    PART 1: A MEDICAL PERSPECTIVE Please note that this is provided as general education and is not intended to treat or cure any condition. Anyone reading this should speak directly to their personal health care provider about their specific medical needs. A works cited page was made available to...
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