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How to Take Care of Your Injuries as a Martial Artist?

Once you step into martial arts, you can say goodbye to your silky smooth skin. No matter how much you avoid or try to be careful, you will end up with bruises, scratches, and blue-colored skin patches because of daily injuries.

Since most of these injuries are minor and very common, most people either avoid them or ask the instructors to tend to these wounds. The most common issue that occurs is that right after getting bruised the injury is still warm and the pain is pretty low.

However, after a few hours, the pressure-based wound will change color and only then you will be able to tell if it needs any medical attention or if it is a simple injury that will eventually heal on its own.

As a beginner, the process of balancing and ensuring that the injury doesn’t get severe is pretty complicated. Moreover, you also need to make sure that after an injury you let the body heal rather than making the damage worse or in some cases permanent.

What Kind Of Injury Is Dangerous?

One of the most common misconceptions about the injury is that it is only dangerous when it is bleeding. There is no doubt that a bleeding injury means you are losing blood and eventually if you don’t sleep, your body will get into shock which can eventually make it very dangerous and life-threatening.

Experts believe that bleeding injuries are not generally as life-threatening and dangerous as non-bleeding injuries. This is mainly because bleeding injuries can easily get attention and in the case of martial arts, you will be stopped from the fight unless you don’t take care of your wounds.

On the contrary, non-bleeding injuries can clog your arteries causing internal inflammation. When these injuries are not taken care of properly, these blood clots can travel to the heart and brain causing stroke and hemorrhage as well.


This means even before you notice this, there is a high chance that you are already at risk of death.

With the help of this article, we will look at some of the ways you can take care of your injuries as a beginner. We will also look at different types of injuries that might happen when you start martial arts and then their assessment and the process of healing.

Diagnosing the Bleeding Injuries

Generally, bleeding wounds are divided into three categories. This consists of the puncture wound, Avulsion, and Laceration. A puncture wound is when you see a bleeding hole in your skin. This is very common in the soft tissue areas that are hit repeatedly by an opponent.

Then comes the laceration that is usually caused by a sharp object generally a knife or blade. The cut is slightly deep but the bleeding is very quick. However, since it is a bleeding injury due to a sharp object the wound can be sealed easily. This might happen in a street fight but not in the case of martial arts.

Then comes the Avulsion, which is usually tissue deep. This means that you will notice the tissue being affected so deeply that you will need medical attention. This kind of injury is not very common in the case of martial arts.

Taking Care of Bleeding Injuries

In case of bleeding injury, the very first thing is to clean the wound so you can check how deep it is. Then you can apply pressure to seal the wound. If it is not very deep, there is a high chance that the blood will be able to stop on its own. After the bleeding stops, you then have to apply antiseptic and finally wrap it up with a good bandage.

Diagnosis of Non-Bleeding Wounds

There are mainly two types of non-bleeding wounds. This consists of Abrasions and pressure-based wounds. Within abrasion, the upper skin will be scraped off causing pain. Since the upper layer is off, your internal layer will be exposed to dirt and extreme weather conditions. On the contrary pressure, wounds are generally known as bruises. They are different in color and throughout the healing process, you will notice the change in color.

Taking Care of non-Bleeding Injuries

To treat the non-bleeding wounds if it is abrasion you have to just apply antiseptic, wash it up, and apply the bandage. However, in the case of pressure wounds within a few minutes, the wounds will swell so you need something to soothe the swelling. You can use cold patches or just cold press. This will ease the pain and speed up the healing process.

Bottom Line

To sum it all up, it all comes down to the type of injury and how fresh the injury is. For every level and severity, the process of handling the injury is completely different. Also, you will notice that the pain and the look of the injury change as it gets older.

Usually, if the injury is pressure based the bruise will be red at the start, and eventually, it will get blue, purple, green, and finally yellow just before healing. In short, you have to keep in mind that while assessing the injury, its type, and how severe it can be, you should be very careful with the phase and how much pain it is causing.

Generally, people see bleeding injury as the type of injury that requires healing, on the contrary, if there is any other type of injury, they might not see it as something dangerous. Experts believe that non-bleeding injuries are much more dangerous so you have to get them checked by the doctor as well.


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