I started training jiu jitsu in 1996 and since then I’ve compiled a list of injuries that have hindered my training. Dont get me wrong, I dont count the cauliflower ears or the calloused fingers. Ive taped up my ankles and wrists. Even having a nail ripped off my finger or toe tips hasnt kept me off the mat. But at 35 years of age its starting to cath up.
Some major ones have been my torn meniscus in my left knee. Two serious rib injuries from the stack position. A herniated and bulging disk in the neck. And just when I thought the jiu jitsu gods had given me a break I get Achilles tendinitis in the right ankle and bursitis in my left elbow. The ankle injury was a result of me starting my cardio sessions in the a.m. in prep of the Tokyo International Open in Nov. A combination of old shoes and going too hard on the elliptical did me in. The bursitis is from some hard contact to the point of my elbow with some thing hard. I cant even remember how I got it. I just woke up a few days ago with Popeye elbow! Went to the doc and she gave me some mild steroid for the swelling (prednisone) and some noproxcin and told me to stay off the mat for 5-7 days. Fudge!
One day at a time……..