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The Most Common MMA Injuries



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Mixed martial arts has gained a reputation for its fast-paced and often brutal combat that sees some of the world’s most highly-trained athletes fighting for their winning titles. Despite many believing that the sport is constantly full of life-threatening injuries, it has some of the lowest injury statistics of any sport.

That doesn’t mean that injuries don’t occur, and when they do, they can sometimes be devastating for the athlete. The training and fights themselves can be hard on the athlete’s body over time, and they have to train several hours a day to keep their bodies in a state where damage from injuries sustained in the ring is reduced as much as possible. This is important for both the athletes and for those fans that follow MMA to throw down a wager on mobile betting sites. These are some of the most common injuries in MMA fighting.

Short-Term Injuries

These are injuries that don’t cause permanent damage and can usually heal fully within a couple of weeks at most.
Broken Bones

MMA athletes break their bones fairly often due to the pressure and force that the athletes need to deal with during an average fight, and that’s often how a longshot fighter can still win. These kinds of breaks happen most commonly on:

  • Hands: Punches are the most basic form of maneuver that athletes will use in any given match, and it means that their hands often dealing with the stresses of a hard impact. Fingers are made up with small, weaker bones, meaning that they tend to fracture and break more often than the bones in the arm, for example.
  • Shins: Kicking is mandatory in an MMA fight, and due to the hardness of the shins, this is usually the impact zone of most kicks. Despite how tough shins are, the constant impact leaves them more vulnerable to broken bones and injuries. Training will involve strengthening the muscle, skin, and bones of the shin, but even the most rigorous training doesn’t make them impervious to damage.
  • Arms: The armbar is a decisive finishing move in jiu-jitsu, and it’s regularly used in fights. The armbar puts a huge amount of pressure on the joints of the arm when it is stretched, causing hyperextended bones, and leading to breaks often enough that doctors will check arm fractures and breaks in initial check-ups.

Long-Term Injuries

Long-term injuries consist of damage to the body that is considered permanent. While the injury may heal with enough time, it will forever affect how the fighter performs in the ring.

  • MCL, ACL, and PCL Injuries: The nature of the speed that MMA fighters compete at means that they push the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments and the medial ligaments as far they will go. The scarring and weakening of these ligaments means that athletes may begin to struggle with everyday tasks. Limited movement is common, especially during rest and healing periods.
  • Joint Degradation: Joints take damage over time, and can begin to limit the amount of impact force that the body can absorb. The pain from damage joints can stick with an MMA fighter for years.

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