Martial arts are a fun way for athletes of all ages to develop their mental and physical conditioning. Before enrolling, you should learn about the general risks involved with each specific martial art form (kung fu, taekwondo, judo, etc.), as certain forms are not suited for all athletes. All forms have some risk of injury, including bone, joint, and muscle injuries, such as strains, fractures, sprains, and dislocations as well as head injuries and minor injuries, like cuts and bruising.
Regardless of the martial art form, athletes and parents should be aware of how to help prevent common injuries:
Especially when someone is new to the sport, martial arts should be practiced with a lot of caution while in the proper environment with an experienced teacher. If you suspect a concussion or serious injury after a practice or match, seek medical attention immediately—and in the case of muscle or joint aches or difficulty moving an arm or leg, a sports medicine specialist will be able to provide the necessary care and recovery plan.
To learn more about martial arts safety or to schedule an appointment with one of our sports medicine experts at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia to address your injury or condition, call (404) 238-7280 or request an appointment online.