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Top 5 Jiu-Jitsu Injuries (& How to Roll With Them)

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Q. How common are rib cage or chest injuries? I'm a fit, athletic guy, but I've had rib or chest injuries occur three times now. In all cases, I was rolling with guys who were much heavier than I. The guys used either their weight or their brute strength to injure my rib/chest area. I am not knowledgeable enough yet to know when certain situations might be harmful in the long term to me. It's especially challenging to know what's dangerous when the guys are simply relying on their brute strength and weight instead of jiu-jitsu techniques. I'm tempted to say no to rolling with anyone with a significant weight/size advantage until I learn enough to sufficiently protect myself. I really just want to master jiu-jitsu techniques and principles at this point. Any advice?
Detroit (5/9/2024 10:37 PM)
A. Injuries to muscles and connective tissues surrounding the ribs are common, they take weeks to heal, and they tend to reoccur if not fully healed. Protect yourself by training very conservatively and partnering with a light, considerate partner. Explore ways to use your frames and body angles to reduce the pressure on your ribs.
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Q. English is not my native language, i dont understand when they say "because they care too much", they are not talking about care for other people safety right ?
Sorakids (11/3/2021 9:32 AM)
A. They're referring to caring too much about holding a position or preventing a submission thereby increasing the chance of injury if the BG forces the move.
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Q. Tips on rolling white belt vs white belt? I find that it hurts more to roll with other white belts, when I roll with blue or higher they seem to be more gentle. I still want to roll with players on my level but I want to be safe.
WhiteBeltMachado (9/18/2019 9:22 PM)
A. That's EXACTLY why we don't let white belts roll, they are the most dangerous people on the mat.
Q. Any tips for training an older student with osteoporosis who keeps breaking his ribs when pressure is applied to them?
Oded (10/1/2017 8:38 AM)
A. Find smaller, lighter or more gentle training partners.
Q. HI, I was waiting for a hyper-extended elbow to come up, cause arm bars are quite common. How do you treat it & any training modifications?
Jairus A (2/26/2017 11:11 AM)
A. Of course, prevention is the best remedy...and that takes having a partner who is looking out for you and knows how to cooperatively spar for maximum learning. Once it's injured, you have to protect it until it heals. It's a good opportunity for one-armed sparring!
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Q. Hi, I attended my first class at a UFC training facility and I fractured my ankle. I know it comes with the territory, but how do I stay patient and rehab this ankle so I am confident in the ring?
KNewton (2/12/2017 7:55 PM)
A. Sorry to hear. Talk with your doctor.
Q. thanks for making the video, really appreciate it. Is there any training modifications you would suggest for training with a knee injury other then completely removing them from the equation?
Dare123 (1/10/2016 11:29 AM)
A. It all depends on the severity of your injury. Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do!
Q. how do you encourage injured students to stay with it?
MJL (9/15/2015 3:04 PM)
A. Remind them to stay focused on the big picture it's a long term proposition. Injuries are part of the journey, they come with the territory. Keep watching the videos here on GU, and keep the Jiu-Jitsu gears turning!
Q. What is the injury rate of certified Gracie Jiu Jitsu centers injuries compared to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu affiliate school?
JakeJitsu (5/23/2015 8:50 AM)
A. We couldn't say for sure because we don't know the rate at other schools. Our injury rate is nearly zero, so it's highly unlikely that they would be lower than at a CTC. At best, they would be equal.
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