Common Sport Injuries
MMA & Fitness training is not without risk, and injuries are likely to occur at some stage during the career of the athlete. Common sport injuries include strains & sprains, soft tissue damage, dislocations and fractures.
When we're dealing with injuries, we need to address each of the following:
- First Aid
- Treatment & Rehab
For immediate treatment of Common Sport Injuries, we recommend:
- Minor Cuts: For minor cuts, clean, bandage and compress wound. Clean up training space using disinfectant as required.
- Minor sprains: Observing the RICE Protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation) until able to get a full medical diagnoses.
- Major injuries: Full assessment via medical professional at Emergency Clinic / Hospital. In severe cases where incapacitated, call 111 and ask for ambulance.
The gym first aid kit is located in the corner of the reception desk nearest to the training area. When using the kit, please inform the reception team of any resources used so that they can be sufficiently replaced.
Where medical help is needed during the First Aid step, you may get an immediate diagnoses of the injury. However, more often than not there will often be a stand-down period before referral for further medical imaging and specialist assessment. Such processes may include: X-Ray, Ultrasound or MRI.
Once specialist assessment has taken place, your medical professional should be able to advise on severity of injury and recovery options.
It is our obligation under Worksafe / ACC to record all injuries accurately on the CORE MMA Incident Log. You can also find a shortcut link at the bottom of your Class Checkin in the Diary section of the Members App. Please log the initial occurance and update the record as more details become available.
ACC, Treatment & Rehab
Further treatment will be at the recommendation of Doctor / Specialist. Sports Injuries are usually covered by ACC - see the link below.
Prevention is an important step in proactively keeping injuries from occuring. Injury prevention is a multi-pronged approach, which should include:
- Using suitable training gear / equipment. It's important that gear is only used as intended, and replaced on a regular basis as required.
- Stay well fuelled and hydrated. Get adequate sleep and ensure your body gets what it needs for performance and to repair itself.
- When attending classes, participate in the full session don't skip elements of the session (such as warmup).
- Maintain a strength and conditioning routine to ensure any imbalances or weaknesses in the musculoskeletal are addressed.
- Maintain your training log on the members app and avoid extreme fluctuations in training workload or sudden spikes in intensity.
- Address any minor niggles for Osteopathic or Physio treatment.
- Schedule regular recovery activities such as Sauna, Ice Bath, Massage or Float tank sessions