THE FINAL STEPPING STONE BEFORE GETTING BACK ON THE MAT AFTER AN INJURY

If you have ever trained BJJ, MMA (or any other contact sport), then you have probably experienced an injury. Injuries are annoying, but are to be expected along your training journey.

There are definitely ways to minimize injury, ie – Strength and Conditioning, but sometimes an unforseen event takes place and an injury just cannot be avoided. Injuries can be disheartening. The hard work you have put in feels as though its about to be lost.

It is normally a long time before you set foot back in the gym. This is mistake number one (you should be trying to maintain your physical condition by adjusting a training regimen that doesn’t aggravate your injury). Mistake number 2 is jumping straight back on the mat/in the ring once your injury has been cleared.

This is a potentially dangerous move and take you back to square one. There is a lot of ground to cover (no pun intended) between exercises advised by your physiotherapist and having an opponent try and throw you. Going from controlled exercise straight back to your sport, combined with a decrease in fitness from reduced training is a recipe for injury.

Instead, you should be practicing sporting movements that don’t aggravate your injury as soon as possible. This is what makes the CXT a great training tool. If you feel as though you aren’t ready to have an opponent try and choke you out just yet, start getting back in the groove by selecting movements on the CXT that don’t aggravate your injury. The CXT challenges your balance, helping you restore your opponent sensitivity/reactivity. Jump on the CXT before you jump back on the mat to get rid of that ring-rust and prevent re-injury from occurring.

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