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COMMON HAND AND WRIST INJURIES IN STRIKING SPORTS – PART 2 – The Boxer’s Knuckle

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The boxer’s knuckle refers to an injury to the extensor mechanism of the fingers (the musculo-tendinous unit that allows the finger to extend) and is one of the more serious musculoskeletal injuries in boxing. During a punch, the metacarpophalangeal joint (the joint of the knuckle) is rapidly forced into flexion, stretching the surrounding soft tissue to its maximum tolerance. Over time this may...

COMMON HAND AND WRIST INJURIES IN STRIKING SPORTS – PART 1

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Due to the frequency of hand contact, the impact with which this contact occurs and the complexity of the region, injuries to the hand and wrist are by far the most documented injuries in striking combat athletes. The impact related to punching results in a positive remodelling of bone and soft tissue over time, causing the tissues to become stronger and more resilient. We refer to this process...

Safely Returning to Exercise after Lockdown 

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We understand that some combat athletes at the elite level have had specific access to training facilities during this period of lockdown. For many amateur and recreational athletes, however, the period of isolation has likely restricted training options. As restrictions gradually begin to ease, there are some important points to keep in mind when returning to training to prevent the likelihood...

The Right Leg’s Connected to the … Left Leg?

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The Right Leg’s Connected to the … Left Leg? Rehabilitation of any injury or condition is a multifaceted process that requires attention to every aspect related to a successful recovery. One of the factors often overlooked is the maintenance of conditioning on the non-affected side. What many individuals, including coaches and clinicians, often fail to appreciate is the fact that training the non...

What the Heck is Sciatic Anyway?

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What the Heck is Sciatica Anyway? Almost everyone reading this will have experienced or know someone who has experienced the strange phenomenon commonly referred to as “sciatica”, where pain magically travels from the back, down through the sciatic nerve, into the leg, calf and sometimes even the foot. These symptoms can affect different people to differing degrees, with some people complaining...

Executive Fight Night Testing – Part 2

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The 9th Tokyo Executive Fight Night (EFN)  was held on May 31st at the Roppongi Grand Hyatt ballroom and was a massive success, raising 21 million for the Shine on Kids charity supporting kids with cancer. All the participants acquitted themselves well and showed the fruits of their labour. At the start of the EFN training camp we detailed a battery of physical assessments that we performed to...

Surgery Cancelled :)

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So those of you who know me well know that issues with my right knee have plagued me ever since my first ACL rupture in 2002. After a re-rupture and subsequent revision reconstruction 18 months later, I carried on competing at the highest level, constantly pushing the knee to its limits of function. Although the ACL graft has always remained intact, I started having some joint issues towards the...

Basic method of testing and comparing athletes – Executive Fight Night

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The highlight of Tokyo’s social calendar is undoubtably Executive Fight night (EFN), a white collar boxing event held annually by the Ginja Ninjas (www.executivefightnight.com). At Club 360 we get to see the see the participants as they go through their gruelling 3-month training camp in preparation for the event. This year we thought we would do something a little different and put the...

Neck Strength Basics – Part 3

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In the previous post we provided examples of basic exercises to active the neck muscles in the form of isometric holds (). The load with these exercises may be progressed in the form of the cervical bridges featured below. Once the athlete is comfortable bridging from the knees, the exercises may be progressed to the feet to increase the relative load. In the the last post we will discuss provide...

Neck Strength Basics – Part 2

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In the previous post we discussed the basic actions of the neck muscles when absorbing force in the form of a punch or kick (). In the next 3 sections we will provide some examples of basic introductory neck strength exercises. Too often we see strength training for the cervical spine progressed too quickly, which may lead to overload and injury. A simple way to begin neck training is in the form...

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