The Most Common Injuries in Karate
Karate is a sports discipline that can entail some risks and the injuries derived from its practice can be diverse both in variety and importance. Regardless of whether you have just started or if you have been practicing Karate for a while, you have to consider that injuries are a possibility. Basically, the order of the day. As we know, Karate is an unarmed combat system of Japanese origin, today practiced mainly as a sport, in which two fighters clash with the aim of overthrowing the opponent through strikes given with hands, elbows, and feet.
It’s always prudent in case of any kind of injury to consult a physiotherapist or a healthcare professional, this way your health care provider will decide the appropriate treatment to follow to achieve an optimal recovery without long-term sequelae. Maybe you won’t know what type of injuries an athlete can suffer at the time of performing this sport. It can be divided into acute or chronic injuries. The acute ones are the most frequent, can be severe and are mainly due to a traumatic impact:
The Thumb Injury
It’s one of the most frequent injuries, produced when the fist that performs a movement, hits strongly with some obstacle, hooking the thumb against it. The symptomatology begins immediately after the trauma, appearing an extreme pain in the area of the strike. Sometimes, the pain is so intense that it can cause paleness, dizziness, and nausea on the patient. In this case scenario, it’s essential to immobilize the finger and immediately go to a medical center.
In these cases, the usual treatment is to apply heat to the affected area. Once the contracture begins to relax, the muscle needs to be lengthened, rather with the help of a physiotherapist. It’s possible that the doctor recommends another kind of treatments, so as pharmacological options, physiotherapy tools (such as laser and infrared application) and controlled low impact exercises focused on recovering the sore muscle.
It’s characterized by a puncture-type pain or a bruise and the inability to move the affected muscle. In this case, it’s necessary to place cold compress in the affected area and not give any sort of massage in the area until consulting with a professional that determines the severity of the damage.
This kind of injuries are associated with the damage produced by the continuous practice of the sport or even the bad healing of any acute trauma. This type of injury includes ankle sprains, knee injuries, and low back pain. Any major discomfort must be evaluated by a physician and treated according to its severity. Other frequent injuries are sprained ankles, nosebleeds and punches to the abdomen and head. Remember that no one is better for training despite not being able to do it, in fact, that only shows irresponsibility with himself and his partners, because the training cannot progress normally.
It’s important to remember that on the tatami, the Sensei is responsible for his apprentices, but isn’t able to guess any distress on one of them unless it’s really evident, the best advice available is to practice sports but always taking protection precautions!