After the biggest event of your life, you compete and you spar, and you come home hurt and tired. Its a common thing you can experience in any martial arts event when competing at a tournament. So what do you do after you get home and recover from an injury, your master says, put lots of ice and take lots of ibuprofen, and take a nice hot shower using lots of icy hot product to relieve the pain. Is that a smart and typical answer? Usually it is which does help the body to recover from the pain after going through an injury or feeling the pain in a competition.
What is the real best answer that comes to mind to most martial artist? Stay home and relax and not go to class. Sometimes that is usually the best remedy is to stay home. But what should one person eat and drink to recover from a competition is what most don’t really say after competing in a few events after leaving tournament. Our health is what will determine our victory and our defeats in any competition. What we eat and intake will change what we can recover from an injury and how to deal with the pain. Sparring is usually the hardest for any martial arts athlete to repair from an injury. It takes a lot out of the body to heal and to feel sharp again after the pain needs to heal.
What you intake to your body will result the outcome of how quickly you will heal. Whether it be after a competition, sparring matches, a rough work out at the gym then straight to the martial arts school, and attempting other types of exercises and stretches. Living through an injury can take time if it is not taken care of properly and can postpone a work out or a training session in class. Martial Artists can tend to think they are superman. No pain no gain most people have heard before. But if the pain is causing an issue to continue to train such as a pulled muscle, strained back, or ruined cartilage knee situation, to even having a head injury from a blasted kick, can cause a real problem to continue for future training and testing belt cycles. The real pain is you can feel the work out to train your muscles to exert the body to feel the improvements and success in the training where you excel your workouts. No one likes to endure pain. As the body wears out, it becomes complicated to continue the workouts and training sessions during class, that it can hinder the training in the future.
Get your injuries treated before you can train a hard core work out. Taking meds or visiting the doctor to simply just rest the body and take in lots of fluids and water is the best medicine. Jumping into a sauna and hot water in the tub can begin the process to heal the injuries. While ice pack and other remedies to heal the injuries can be a solution to a smooth and quick recovery in the process.
Never train with injuries. Whether it be in the gym, in the martial arts school, or personally at home. If the training is a must, light workouts and light stretching will help to lessen the pain, and to quickly heal the body to a faster recovery to return to the training. It’s ok to rest the when the body needs to be relaxed. There is always time for stretching and kicking to punching and other hard workouts in the martial arts school. But if the body does not recover from the injury it will take a longer process to return back to the school and continue on forward for an improvement to succeed in future competitions.