This blog is very important to me not solely as an individual, but also as an instructor. Being a self-defense instructor has given me the opportunity to work with many different individuals. A great number of our students have had injuries which never had complete rehabilitation, or required surgery and individuals who suffer body pain from regular wear and tear from sports, fitness and work. It is very important to us that our students be able to perform the defenses without having to get hurt or feel pain, so we are very aware that we must adapt and change things a little bit. A person with back pain might have trouble during twisting motions for punching or headlock defenses, from which we would emphasize the body rotation occurs from your feet to the top of your body, not just at the waist and up. Or people with knee problems, we would focus on the kick range, making sure they do not hyperextend, and always focus on punching the hip through rather than just attempting to reach with their leg.
We believe that prior injuries should not stop them from executing a technique or defense, because what we teach is meant to work even if the person is in a position of disadvantage, and that is the beauty of Krav Maga. It was designed for everyone to be able to use. Hence the reason I want to work hard on my rehabilitation, I want to be back on my feet because I love what I do, and an injury will not stop me, it will just make me work harder so I can become stronger. I hope this blog will help motivate individuals who in the past, or in the present and maybe in the future might have to deal with an injury. I look forward to having you be part of my progress and would love some input on what you did to heal from an injury, your support is very much appreciated:)
So here is a brief summary of my injury up to date.
- 04/10/13 ACL Tear - Severe swelling, bleeding joint, limited range of motion, limping. Used crutches to move around for approx. 2 weeks., and began wearing a knee brace for support.
- End of April I was referred to Ortho Specialist, swelling decreased but still present, limited range of motion, slightly limping around.
- 05/20/13 Met with Ortho Specialist - Confirmed tear, instructed me to perform exercises that would straighten my leg, it was imperative that my leg be straight prior to surgery otherwise I would lose my range of motion.
- 06/01/13 Leg fully extended, slightly sore, swelling has decreased.
- 06/14/13 Surgery Date