- Hyper-extended thumbs
- Strained groin (borderline hernia)
- Dislocated pinky toe
- Torn MCL
- Fractured orbital
- "Popped" ribs
The popped rib incident happened a week ago from last Monday. This occurred while trying to escape side mount against a larger rolling partner. It was definitely not something that happens very often. In fact I have only popped one rib a while back (again with a larger rolling partner) but it wasn't that bad and healed up in a couple to few weeks. Well this latest incident involved three popping sounds. The feeling of having this occur just takes your breath away and hurts like HELL. I would equate it to getting hit in the ribs with a sledgehammer. It sucked pretty bad but I've managed to stay on the mats and focus mostly on drilling. I'd be lying though if I said I've not pushed it a bit too much (errant bumps) and simply trying to roll "light" with larger people....just not a very good recipe for getting healthy. I got a terrible reminder this morning rolling light with one of the black belts at our gym. That feeling should last at least a few weeks and remind me not to push it. I think the biggest problem is twisting the upper body while bearing weight or load from other people. Unfortunately a large part of my game is playing from various guards and that just isn't a viable option with any sort of resistance. Should be a good time to get in a ridiculous amount of reps drilling.
So moving forward I'm going to follow my own advice.
- Stop being a dumb-dumb and train around the injury
- Stop pushing it and let it heal
If you made it this far, here's a really cool match between Caio Terra and one of his friends (co-instructors) Osvaldo Augusto Queixnho from last year.