Practising martial arts can bring numerous benefits. It can help develop discipline, mind control and, of course, strength and fitness. However, it also poses a number of dangers and threats to safety. Have you ever watched a demonstration and thought ‘how do they not hurt each-other or themselves?’ Well, the answer is, they do, sometimes quite badly.
Beginners face the threats of trips and falls occurring as they try and master some of the more complex, quick-footed movements.
The most serious martial arts accidents often have one of three consequences.
Physical traumas and injuries from slips, trips and falls and other martial arts accidents
Whilst statistics would suggest that martial arts are no more dangerous than a number of other sports, the fact that, at its core, martial arts are about combat means the threat of personal injuries being suffered is never far away.
Physical traumas can be mild, moderate or severe. Examples of mild martial arts injuries, which usually do not require any special medical attention, include:
- Bruises and contusions
- Lacerations, cuts and scratches
- Minor joint sprains
Moderate injuries include:
- Fractures and dislocations
- Ruptured tendons
Severe injuries include anything which is potentially life threatening, such as broken ribs or damage to internal organs.
Long-term joint injuries from martial arts
These injuries build up over long periods of time and do not usually manifest themselves in terms of symptoms and complications until later in life. Arthritis is just one example of the painful conditions that can develop in those who regularly practice martial arts.
Body deformation from martial arts accidents
Similar to rugby players, martial arts practitioners are particularly susceptible to a condition known as ‘Cauliflower Ear.’ This is when the ear is struck, causing either a blood clot to develop under the skin or a disruption to the connection between skin and cartilage and resulting in a swollen ear.
If you are injured in a martial arts accident that wasn’t your fault, or in any situation where the blame clearly lies with someone else, then it’s important to remember that you may be due some personal injury compensation. Our team of legal experts at Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in processing personal injury claims arising from accidents at work, on the road and in public usually able to settle out of court, they work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice