If there is one thing I have learned from being around the MMA scene in the last year and a half, it’s that injuries are inevitable for a fighter at one point or the other, unless they take the necessary precautions to prevent them first. Since the sport of MMA involves so much variety in terms of movement, the likelihood for injury increases significantly. It is primarily the integrated over-stimulation of the hip flexors, upper abdominals, internal shoulder rotators, and anterior neck muscles in grappling, mixed with striking that will bring about the dysfunctions that lead to major injury. Add into the equation a bunch of sloppy strength and conditioning workouts that ruin proper bio-mechanical alignment, and you have a recipe for a complete disaster. Just about every MMA strength training regimen has made me cringe when looking at it. I have witnessed most MMA strength and conditioning coaches taking a body that is completely shot, and making it more shot by involving movements that will further ingrain dysfunction, putting the fighter on an accelerated path towards injury. Most injuries, if not all injuries, are completely preventable if the necessary precautions are met to begin with. All it takes is a bit of an understanding of how the body operates in the context of environment, along with a bit of discipline, and injuries are a thing of the past.
To ensure that injury does not occur with improper movement, we must start with a strong foundation to prevent the improper movement in the first place. In this video, I cover some Myofascial Release techniques with Bryce Shepard-Mejia that will be the base he will need to have a long and strong career in Mixed Martial Arts. Enjoy!