Injuries in the sport of MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are inevitable. No matter how much you try to stop them from happening at some point you will get hurt, but that does not mean that you cannot try and prevent them. So, here are some helpful hints and tips on how to stop those pesky injuries from creeping up.
The most obvious way to help injuries is to ice your body. Putting an ice pack, cold compress, or even a frozen water bottle can help loosen knotted parts of your body. Also, if you have swelling putting ice will help with that as well. Inflammation and tightness in your muscles is something you are going to have to deal with in all martial arts, but to let it go without icing it will cause major problems. Even just icing regularly at night can keep your knotted muscles from turning into a major issue.
Neck Injuries are very common, especially in BJJ, because you are constantly rolling over your neck. Ice can help, but there are two major ways that you can help and prevent neck injuries. At night, fold a hand towel in both directions, roll it up, and place it behind your neck. Then lean back and look back and up toward the ceiling. This will help relieve stress as well as help recurve your neck if it is out of alignment. Lastly, when you sleep do not sleep laying down. Either sleep on your back or on your side, and make sure your head is level. If your neck is not level it can cause even more problems for you.
Post and Pre-Workout Stretching
Most people know to stretch before any type of workout, but not many of them know to stretch after a workout. Think about it, you have just burned your muscles, stretch them, and contorted them, but most people walk right out of the gym without giving it a second thought. Well, you need to stretch those muscles after you workout, because not doing that can lock them up or worsen an overstretched muscles. This should almost be mandatory at all gyms.
There are obviously many more ways or you to help prevent injuries, but these have been the most effective for me in my training. You can also take some supplements or natural things like fish oil to help with your joints, but those work on a person to person basis. If you do have pain in any area though, try out some of these tips since they work for almost anyone.