Friday, August 24, 2012

Being Injured (Popped Ribs) SUCKS!

I've been training BJJ for just over four years now and I've had my fair share of injuries.  I have managed to do the following:
  • 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.


  1. man i feel like shit for popping your ribs like that bro, even though it's all a part of the process, i can't help but feel bad. with that aside the first sweep ciao catches is really slick and fucking simple. damn these little things i take years to figure out...well, heal up bro. i dig the blog!

  2. No worries. Ultimately I'm the one that twisted underneath the pressure. The weight disparity didn't help but what can you do? Yeah the first sweep was killer!