• More Reasons To Wear A Mouthguard

    When we think of injuries related to jiu-jitsu, we think of sore joints, maybe a dislocation, a hyperextension, bruising, etc. One thing we don’t often think about is getting a tooth knocked out. I’ve seen it happen first hand. At the very least, an unforeseen impact can cause a...
  • MRSA On and Off the Mat

    On Saturdays, my gym has a no gi class with rolling afterward. By the time I’m finished, I’m covered in a mix of my own and my partners’ sweat. I always seem to be more aware of how much I need a shower after no gi classes because I...
  • Strong of Heart

    The CDC tells us that heart disease, aka cardiovascular disease (CVD), is the leading cause of death for men (24.9%) and women (23.5%) in the US. Heart disease is a catch-all term that encompasses several cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, high blood pressure, angina (chest pain), heart attacks, and rheumatic...
  • How Do You Rate? Understanding Your Heartrate.

    “Conditioning is your best hold.” Karl Gotch We all know what it’s like to have lost a match because we were too tired to perform up to our capabilities. In the eyes of the athlete their perceived problem is a lack of conditioning. The athlete’s thoughts immediately move to...
  • Ask The Doctor

    Q: My girlfriend won’t let me touch or kiss her after I roll. She’s afraid of catching something, I have to shower before she’ll even see me. Is her fear warranted? Many people worry about catching diseases from rolling or dirty equipment, especially Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aurues, or MRSA....
  • Making Sense Of Over-The-Counter Topical Pain Relievers

    When you think of creams for aching muscles and joints the first thing that comes to mind is probably the pungent smell.  I always think of Tiger Balm and Ron Smith’s Muay Thai School. It was 1998 and I was wandering through random martial arts gyms, while finishing up...
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