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ryanand
4/24/2006 6:06pm,
sorry, i really didnt know where to post this cuz my question is about training MMA (with grappling included, obviously), not just striking.

im starting MMA on wednesday and i'm wondering how frequent hand injuries are in training. I'm a guitarist in a band so if my hands are fucked up, that = no money for ryanand.

this is probably gonna get trollshidoed but i have to get going so ill end it here.

thank you for the help.

Mr. Mantis
4/24/2006 6:55pm,
Health forum

ryanand
4/24/2006 9:39pm,
thank you very much

Locu5
4/25/2006 6:43am,
Hand injuries are not frequent but a definite possibility. You can lower the risk by choosing a good gym/instructor who is focused on safety. You may find your hands are fatigued more often as you are giving them a double-dose of action. Take it easy and try it out. In the end, I think you will enjoy it; it is very rewarding.

PirateJon
4/25/2006 8:35am,
Wear wraps and gloves. I don't know of anyone at my boxing gym that hurt their hands while wearing proper gear and practicing safely.

I do know a few that hurt themselves not wearing the right gear while saying they'd go light or whatever.

Tom Kagan
4/25/2006 10:08am,
If I understand you correctly, you are saying your hands are your livelihood, yet you also wish to intentionally seek out a 'hobby' which puts them at much greater risk for injury.


Good luck with that. Let us know how it works out.

ryanand
4/25/2006 3:23pm,
If I understand you correctly, you are saying your hands are your livelihood, yet you also wish to intentionally seek out a 'hobby' which puts them at much greater risk for injury.


Good luck with that. Let us know how it works out.

not my livelihood, but a source of supplementary income nonetheless.

i like fighting a lot. and ive never done MMA so why not go and ask some people who have a clue how frequent injuries are?

warnerj5000
4/25/2006 3:52pm,
not my livelihood, but a source of supplementary income nonetheless.

i like fighting a lot. and ive never done MMA so why not go and ask some people who have a clue how frequent injuries are?

I can't speak for MMA, but for boxing... Even with larger, more padded boxing gloves and proper hand wraps, my hands are sometimes sore after training. But with MMA training you probably won't just be punching-punching-punching-punching-punching for hours at a time, so that might make a difference.

I've also jammed my thumbs a few times, which is another thing to watch out for. Nothing major, but some discomfort.

Basically, I'm saying the risk of hand injury- at least minor injury- is there, so it's a risk to take if you need your hands for supplemental income.

Tom Kagan
4/26/2006 5:02pm,
not my livelihood, but a source of supplementary income nonetheless.

i like fighting a lot. and ive never done MMA so why not go and ask some people who have a clue how frequent injuries are?


You can break the 4th and/or 5th metacarpal bones in your hand in any number of ways doing any number of things. But, even orthopedic surgeons will explain it to laymen as a boxer's fracture. It got that nickname for a reason.


They are your hands. Do what you want with them. Regardless of the increased risk of breakage, I think a better question you need to ask yourself is whether you can live with the potential consequences. Not only should you be contemplating the downtime spent recovering from an injury, but the potential that any hand injury will not heal well enough to give you back the dexterity needed to play more intricate guitar fingering.


FWIW, I've never seriously injured my hands by hitting things. I've badly injured my right hand in other ways, however.

Equipoise
4/26/2006 5:39pm,
The stronger your hands, wrists and fore arms, the less chance of injury. IE start lifting.

Ridder
4/26/2006 6:13pm,
You can break the 4th and/or 5th metacarpal bones in your hand in any number of ways doing any number of things. But, even orthopedic surgeons will explain it to laymen as a boxer's fracture. It got that nickname for a reason.

This is interesting. I was under the impression that the term "boxer's fracture" referred to the micofractures sustained through punching a lot. However, I would suggest trying it out, and seeing whether the particular gym's training regimene would put an unacceptable amount of stress on your hands. Always play it safe.

Hey, at least you're not a concert pianist.

Edit - HTML Tags, not my forte.

Draven
4/26/2006 7:29pm,
Wrap your hands and you should be fine, sissy boy.

roojsa
5/03/2006 5:42pm,
I'm having issues with my fingers getting jammed lately. Somewhere along the line I started doing something wrong and wrong often cause I've got two thumbs and pinky tender as all get out. Might make playing a guiter difficult, though typing is ok(software developer by trade). My goal is to find a way to recover the strength I've lost from the jams, having really found anything beyond standard grip exercises though.

CNagy
5/03/2006 7:03pm,
How about letting them heal?