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Jiu-jitsu is a popular form of martial arts that emphasizes takedowns, joint locks, submission holds, and ground fighting. To outside observers, it can appear to be a highly dangerous sport. Unlike other martial arts disciplines that focus on kicking and striking, jiu-jitsu competitors grapple and spar with one another on the mat in an attempt to cause their opponent to submit or tap out. The violent appearance of jiu-jitsu can make it appear to be a dangerous form of martial arts. However, this is not the reality. With the proper training, form, and equipment, jiu-jitsu can be a safe and...

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) has gained tremendous popularity as a martial arts discipline over the past 25 years. Its close relationship with UFC and MMA has caused it to grow from a little-known martial art to an integral component of modern sparring disciplines. As with any sparring martial arts practice, there is a risk of injury. Practitioners of BJJ are especially susceptible to knee injuries due to the style of combat practiced. Many common holds and moves utilize submission grappling to place opponents in joint locks. These moves place tremendous strain on ligaments and muscles in the joint and can lead...

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Sparring combat sports like UFC and MMA have seen increased popularity over the past few years. A major appeal of combat sports is the inclusion of grappling martial arts like Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). In fact, Royce Gracie-- winner of UFC 1, 2, and 4--revolutionized mixed martial arts by incorporating BJJ into his fighting style. His form and success helped popularize BJJ as a training and sparring style within the sport. Because BJJ is a combat sport, it carries a high potential for injury. Elbow pain is a common ailment that impacts BJJ grapplers. BJJ training and sparring can put a...

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) has experienced a rapid increase in popularity over the past few years. Unlike other martial arts disciplines that emphasize kicking and striking, BJJ emphasizes groundwork, holds, locks, leverage, and strategy. It’s a sparring style that mixes both strategy and technique. While BJJ can trace its origins to Japanese martial arts, it owes its popularity in large part to the Gracie family. In fact, BJJ has even been referred to as Gracie jiu-jitsu. While the Gracie family developed and popularized the style, Royce Gracie made it famous. His BJJ fighting style helped him win many Ultimate Fighting Championships,...

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Nothing ruins a great game of pickup softball with the squad like an ankle sprain, a torn shoulder or a dirt nap on home base causing you to fracture your knee. Baseball might not be a full-contact sport like football or MMA, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself hurt out on the field. On the more serious end of injuries, it’s not unheard of for unprepared players to tear their ACL or even get a concussion. Safe baseball is fun baseball. You’ll enjoy yourself more on the field and get a lot more out of the game if...

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