Judo fear

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  1. Mistabutts

    Mistabutts Orange Belt

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    I've been out injured from a torn MCL and meniscus in my left knee from Randori for over three months and am just now getting back into training.

    My knee feels ok, just weak and unstable when I'm tired.

    I'm finding it very hard to commit in randori now because i'm afraid of re injuring my knee.

    Anyone else ever encounter anything similar? How did you deal with it??
     
  2. Judo Thai Boxer

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    I've never blown my knee but every time I sprain or break something I have this issue.

    I just take it slow and keep it wrapped up in a brace or something then gradually give it less and less support and I constantly do exercises at home to strengthen the injured area.
     
  3. Mistabutts

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    I was afraid of that. I was fighting really well before my injury and the momentum stopping is depressing.

    It's tough to go back, isn't it?
     
  4. richardb

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    Oh man, I feel your pain. I did my left knee MCL about a year ago at Judo. The stupid thing was I got injured when a few other guys on the mat came crashing across me and took my leg out from under me so it wasn't even my fault, but anyway. I still feel a bit of weakness there now to be honest. I've torn ligaments in both shoulders and they've come back well, but the knee still niggles me. I found physio, exercise using the yoga ball (squats etc) to build strength, and the roller mat to stretch the muscle helped. This is still ongoing. I had it strapped for a long time when training and avoided Randori for a few months, but I'm back into it now. It was very frustrating not being able to do Randori, but I had to listen to my body. Just have to keep up with the ball/roller exercises now. But yeah, knees are tough. Best of luck.
     
  5. Judo Thai Boxer

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    It happens and you just have to get on with it and slowly work back to where you where, I'm afraid.

    Yeah I've had more than my fair share of injuries over the last six years and the worst thing is sitting off the mat; once you're back on it isn't so bad, you just have to be careful.

    Good luck with it, I'm injury free for 6 months now (woop).

    Watch me tear my ACL this week.
     
  6. Cyantist

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    Wear a sport brace but still be very careful about your training. I have a shot knee too and my understanding is that if you injure your knee you're basically SOL because Knees are something that rehab and surgery is hit and miss on.
     
  7. Rolf3000

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    I did Judo as a kid for 5 years, and since then mostly did Muay Thai. Went to a JJJ class a couple of years ago and thought I still knew Judo and defended throws really hard, so the other guy went for them really hard and it ended up with a bad landing and seperated collar bone.

    I've definitely felt that I've been gun shy fighting for takedowns when I started up in BJJ, but you just gotta force yourself little by little.
     
  8. Echo5O

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    I have had the same scenario as well. It is frustrating getting back into randori. I know I felt like I lost a lot of ground. It helps that everyone at my dojo is cool about it and aware of the injury so we start out going really easy. I usually work with the people who I trust will do this. Some of the people are too competitive and will always escalate the session if they are not winning, so I just avoid them if my knee isn't up to it. Or I will just do a lot of mat randori until the knee is better. Strengthening exercised are really helpful. Just doing leg lifts in all directions like 20 each way a few times a day can build up the muscles aroun the knee and stabilize it better.
     
  9. Serana

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    Worse I've gotten was a broken toe. Common injuries for me are sore rotator cuff or a sore elbow.
     
  10. Mistabutts

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    Touch wood dude! Thanks!
     
  11. J-Pac

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    I know the feels. Waiting on knee surgery as we speak to repair my ACL. Its gonna be hard to commit to an Uchi Mata on that side again, or even a drop seoi. Messed up my shoulder pretty good too a while back. Rotator cuff blew out when I was blocking a drop seoi. Judo is brutal on all the joints. Probably gonna just do BJJ once I finish my blackbelt (should only take a few months when I go back, got all my points and have practiced the shit outta those katas).

    So many guys are walking around like yoda once they turn 30 in judo its insane. Hard sport on the body.
     
  12. Rolf3000

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    Exactly what happened to me yeah.

    I quit Judo when I was like 15, but so many of the guys I know who competed until they became adults got their shit wrecked like dislocated shoulders and such.
     
  13. Thai Otoshi

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    Try going back to BJJ after a common extensor tendon sprain ("tear" for the layman) from me being too stubborn to tap once. My arm was locked in a fully extended position for two months.

    I actually deal with major injuries like that by:

    1. Still training. It was my power arm, so I just worked my L jab > L hook > R low round kick to death. I now have an awesome L jab > L hook > R low round kick.

    2. I generally don't go back to training whatever discipline or drill that caused that injury until I know I'm 100%. I stayed far away from the mat during that entire time. It sucked, but at least I was still getting in some work with MT. For you, it could just mean no randori until you feel more comfortable in uchi and nage komi.

    3. I work in a hospital, so all I gotta do is listen to the multitude of stories I hear weekly from guys who DON'T listen to their doctors, and try to train too early. Three week recoveries turn into three months...
     

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