• 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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