I have an injured knee!
Before I tell you more about my knee, I thought I would share with you a video of some of the exercises I have been doing to try and rehab it. Please note that this video is for information purposes only. And if you are carrying an injury, seek professional advice from a specialist. Don’t just copy what I’m doing and risk making your injury worse! Anyway, here’s the video.
I injured my knee a few months ago. It’s a suspected MCL sprain I got from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I hurt it at the IBJJF No-Gi British Nationals I competed in (but I won a medal at least lol!)
Like the moron that I am, I carried on trying to do my MMA training as normal. So everyday I was either doing boxing, Muay Thai, or Jiu Jitsu, or on some days a mix of all of them! My injured knee did not like this. Not at all.
It kept getting worse
It probably won’t be a surprise for you to hear that my knee did not get any better. In fact it was getting worse. I must admit that I was in denial as to how bad it really was. I kept telling myself that it was “just a niggle” that would heal by itself. This does seem to be possible with smaller minor injuries that can in fact heal with little to no rehab, but clearly this was more than “just a niggle”.
I carried on pushing through it, thinking that it would magically heal itself. Hiding the extent of the injury from my family and friends, as I was training at this point for another upcoming Jui Jitsu competition. I didn’t want them to know how stupid I was being.
It got to the point that I couldn’t even walk anymore pain-free. I’m embarrassed to say that it took me right up until the day before my next competition to take a reality check, and pull out of the tournament. I was gutted to say the least, and yes I was stupid, but thank God I didn’t try and compete with one leg. The results could’ve been REALLY doing damage to my injured knee, and surgery is the last thing I want!
What am I doing now?
The short answer is NOT being an idiot anymore! I am trying to be sensible now! I am still doing some light MMA stuff, but nothing that causes me any pain. If any activities hurt to do, I simply don’t do them! Duh! Lol! So alongside only doing a bit of light MMA training just to maintain some kind of level of skill, I am now focusing my training on knee rehab exercises to get my injured knee better.
The moral of the story
If you are injured, then seriously please don’t try and be a hero. Don’t be an idiot. It happens to all of us. Rest the damn thing! Don’t continue doing training that aggravates it. If it hurts, don’t do it! Train around it if you can, in a sensible way. There’s probably lots of other forms of training you can do instead. And take it upon yourself to seek professional advice. Be accountable, and take responsibility upon yourself to rehab your injury to get better as quick as you can! Health is your number one priority, always!