Arm Bar to Rib Popper = Yeeouch!

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Dedicado, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. Dedicado

    Dedicado Machetero

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    Yesterday Ryan(not Gracie) had me in an arm-bar from the mount. I rolled into him, like I usually do and started to pull my arm out, like I always do. I got his hips below my elbow and I started to turn onto my belly to finish the escape. This is the part where a.) at best, I get side control or b.) at worst, I end up in the guard, but with my arm free.
    I must have done this escape succesfully at least twenty times now, and I feel really confident here, so it came as a total shock when I felt my rib cage tear open and heard my ribs make a terrible, loud popping sound. This sound was accompanied by an explosive pain in my chest and me tapping. Ryan was like " why are you tapping? You got out!", but I knew I was done.
    Has anyone else had this, or am I a trailblazer?
    I went to the doctor, he thinks grappling is more dangerous than drinking and driving, btw. I haven't broken any bone, but I may have torn cartilage in my ribs. Hooray! 3 week vacations suck! :(
    What takes longer to heal? Torn muscle or torn cartilage?
     
  2. Dedicado

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    Can I still train if I rest good for a week and I feel no pain, or little pain? Or should I just resign myself to internet poker? The Doc has no clue as to when I'll get better.
     
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  4. Dedicado

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    hey, nice site man! I hope for my sake that it is only a tear and not a separation!
     
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    TennBJJ Brown Belt

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    Muscle/Cartilage tears in the chest freaking suck

    They hurt you when you cough, breath deeply, laugh, etc. been there man, feel sorry for you

    I've also had my sternum cracked, which is no great joy
     
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    Ya, thanks for your support , dude, I guess I'll be a e-warrior for a while...* rolling in my imagination* wait a minute, this sucks!
     
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    Did the same thing, only from a different situation. Heard the ribs pop and it didn't heal for 3 months. Took 2 months off and the last month I just played top position. One of the worst injuries for me so far.
     
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    Guys, you are really starting to scare me. Quick, somebody tell me a reassuring story of how this only lasted a week!
     
  9. Dr. BadAss

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    Weren't you the guy who cracked his back in a triangle? If so, you need to take it easy man!
     
  10. Dedicado

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    ya that was me, taking it easy is not my forte. For me, it's very much like: "live hard, die harder."
     
  11. Bmonk**

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    We have 2 doctors that come and train Judo at my club.
    My family doctor is also a former judoka.

    Get a new Doctor. Yours sucks.
     
  12. mogway

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    I got the same injury about two months ago. took me about 1month and a half to heal 100 percent. Patience dude and work on learning more techniques or sharpenning up your skills while you rest...
     
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    Ha ha! As you are Canadian, you no doubt know that some parts of Canada are seriously under-staffed for Dr.s. I'd love to get a Doc who knew grappling, then he could give me real advice on how long to rest injuries and stuff. Unfortunately, there are no Doctors who grapple in the Territory :(
    This Doctor, his name's Marc, has: Drained my ear, treated me for a broken ankle (snowboarding), fixed my spine, and done this rib thing for me. All in the last year! He jokes that if I wasn't so fit from Judo, I'd never survive Judo!
     
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    6 weeks eh? That sounds not too heinous :) Enough time for your cartilage to heal. Tell me please, what kind of techniques were you able to perform safely? Is 1 month too soon to start riding a bicycle?
     
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    I'd be careful with those ribs. My friend tore his rib open as well from bjj and he was out for a good time. That's a definite injury you need to take care of and make sure is properly well healed. As for the ribs tearing, I have no idea why that would have happened, especailly the position you were in. My friend has someone on his back and had his weight down in to his back, bending him over.
     

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