MMA Injuries: Basic Exercises For Shoulder Rehabilitation

One of the most common injuries in the sport of MMA is a shoulder injury. Famous UFC fighter Cain Velasquez is an example of the impacts shoulder injuries can have on MMA athletes. Cain tore his rotater cuff against brock lesnar in their famous championship and a few more times after that. Shoulder injuries are very common amongst combat sports athletes and be a big detriment towards a fighters career.

Shoulder rehabilitation as with other types of rehabilitation, focuses in the restoration of the normal functions before the impairment. For example, if you were throwing big looping over right hands before an injury but now have a sharp pain each time you raise your arm, it looks to bring you back to your original function.  An exercise program or therapy prescribed to the patient signals the start of the rehabilitation stage. However, medical experts said that rehabilitation actually begins from the time the patient has been seen by a health care practitioner, and ends right after the patient’s release.

There are two very common injuries to the shoulder that necessitates shoulder rehabilitation among MMA fighters. These are: Subacromial Syndromes and Shoulder Instability. The first lesion means a rotator cuff tear which is characterized by frequent shoulder pains. The aim of shoulder rehabilitation for this particular injury is to bring back the muscular balances between the elevators and depressors. A person suffering from instability of the shoulder would need shoulder rehabilitation as it will restore the muscular balance between internal and external rotators of the shoulder.

Reducing activity, compressing the injured shoulder, elevating the injured shoulder above heart level, and taking in medications like anti-inflammatory, are only some of the things that comprise the dislocated shoulder rehabilitation. Its objectives include strengthening the muscles, increasing flexibility, and establish painless movements. Extreme injury cases however, would mean avoidance of activities that would cause shoulder pains.

There are shoulder rehabilitation exercises that have to be done on both sides of the body to maintain balance. Doing these exercises can increase the strength of both shoulders and may prevent the occurrence of injury to either one of the shoulder. Some of the shoulder rehabilitation exercises that you may be required by your doctor to practice are: shrugs, bicep curls, triceps curls, chest raises, saws, pendulum swings, shoulder rotation, shoulder flexion, towel stretch, and flexed elbow pull. Your doctor may prescribe other exercises instead of or on top of the ones mentioned earlier depending on the nature and intensity of the injury. There are also exercises that don’t necessarily require movements from the injured area, some of which are: stationary bicycle, walking, jogging, and swimming (if pain is tolerable).

Shoulder rehabilitation and therapy should be based on the degree of injury that the MMA fighter has and its response to the treatments. Exercises and physical activities should all be done according to the doctor’s prescriptions for a more successful shoulder rehabilitation for fighters. It’s important to take time off during training if the fighter experience shoulder instability or shoulder pain.