Injuries associated with Kung Fu are not uncommon and according to scientific studies they are in fact very prevalent although they happen to vary in regards to the type of mixed martial arts being performed. Still, it is important to note that if engaging in this sport, you are also at risk for injuries which often include not only severe bruising, strains and sprains but also broken bones, trips to the emergency room and more. The CPSC, which is the acronym for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, reported that in the year 2011, more than thirty-five thousand individuals presented to the emergency room department for reasons relating to martial arts. This is an astonishing amount and something most individuals most likely would never realize.
If you ever watch a training session in a Dojo, there are plenty of mats and cushions to help protect the participants. The sparing is meant to develop technique and posture, not to actually inflict harm on your opponent. There are also coaches and referees on hand to make sure everyone is safe and is practicing good sportsmanship, but things do happen in the heat of the moment.
In regards to minor injuries such as strains and sprains, it is quite common for the knee and ankle to sustain the aforementioned due to the amount of fast striking such as punching and kicking. If one kicks or punches improperly or jumps and lands incorrectly then the chance of injuring yourself is greater. Additionally, it is a regular occurrence for mixed martial arts fighters to experience jammed fingers and toes. Even something as simple as catching yourself when you fall can cause an tear or contusion that could put you on the injured list.
More severe consequences of Kung Fu include concussions and broken bones. The detrimental factor of concussions is not realizing the problem and not going to the hospital when you should. There was a extreme case at the Academy of Asian Martial Arts LLC in Scranton, PA where a teenager was hurt, but said he was really ok. Two days later he collapsed in school and was rushed to a Scranton Orthopedics center where they found he in fact had a fractured skull. If he had been behind the wheel, he could have died and/or killed somebody.
It is important to remember that sometimes the symptoms of a concussion are not immediately present right after the injury; it may take hours or even a day to detect the problem. When someone is coming off of an injury, they may be quick to want to get back on the mat, but you must follow a doctor’s advice to the letter. Don’t take a chance on aggravating an old injury, just to get back to your class.
While a pleasurable sport, Kung Fu injuries are not something to take lightly but serious in their consequences and levels of severity. You can have fun and be safe too.