I did it. I hurt my knee while sparring with a friend, and since I have to recover now, I found myself with too much time on my hands. So, as a natural consequence, I decided to document the leg injury I suffered, so that others could take after my cautionary tale and avoid getting themselves in the same unpleasant situation as I did. Unpleasant is too little a word to describe the excruciating pain I experienced when I injured myself, but let’s just leave it at that, or my confidence will just take another hit.
I was sparring with my friend, Stephen, when it happened. Since I am a big fan of moving a lot when I box, I am quite aware of how important is for a boxer to have their feet in constant motion, so they do not risk being too static and getting a punch that would send them to the floor in an instant. Let’s make things clear. Stephen is not to blame for what happened, but rather my rashness and lack of attention when I should have been focused on what I was doing. Somehow, I miss-stepped at some point and I landed on my right leg. I was just trying to move my weight from one knee to the other and it happened. It was quite an awkward landing, too, and by the look on Stephen’s face and the strange popping sound my knee made, it must have hurt a lot. I cannot recall the actual moment, but, after that, it really really hurt.
Lucky me, I only got a stretched ligament, nothing serious, according to the doctor. For me, it is the first serious injury I have ever suffered, so it is a huge thing for me. So, right now, I am in physical therapy and I must follow the good doctor’s directions to the letter if I want to get well soon. I intend to go back to practicing martial arts, but now I know that I am going to pay better attention to what I do if I do not want a repeat performance of what just happened.
There are a few things I learned from my experience, and I am going to share them with you.
- If I want to be fast, I need to train more. I think my injury was a matter of believing myself to be faster than I actually am … and my injury was a wakeup call like no other.
- My friend is much more experienced than I am and that is bad for me. Apparently, novices are those who get injured more often because they have no idea how to properly control their punches.
- And last, you must talk to your sparring partner about how hard you two are going to train. I was obviously going at it too hard and that is why my injury happened.
I hope my experience will help you avoid some injuries in your training. Of course, I don’t expect to suffer no other injuries in the future, but I surely know more now about what I can and I cannot do.