If you’ve ever considered trying Muay Thai you may have worried about safety. Because of the physical nature of the sport many people wonder, is Muay Thai dangerous? It is important to know that although physically demanding Muay Thai is no more dangerous than any other contact sport. In some cases, it may even be safer than sports such as hockey or football. The answer to this question will depend on a few factors including your intentions and whether you plan to participate in recreational classes or compete in any way. Though Muay Thai is generally safe it is more than likely that there will be bumps and bruises along the way.
By working with a qualified and experienced trainer you are likely to lower your chances of injury. Though injuries may not be avoidable, experienced Muay Thai instructors such as those at Grants MMA can work with you to keep you safe and healthy while training.
How to Prevent Injuries
Like any sport that involves physical contact Muay Thai can potentially expose you to injuries. It may not be possible to prevent all injuries but there are many things that you can do to help keep yourself safe. See our tips below for preventing injuries.
- Know your own limits
Athletes often like to push it to the limit. But you need to ensure that you are listening to your body and not over-exerting yourself. Fatigue makes it likely that we will make mistakes, and this can in turn lead to injuries.
- Allow injuries time to heal
If you have a prior injury you need to respect your body and ensure that you are healed before participating in any strenuous activity. Consult with your coach to determine what you can and cannot do. Allow them to guide you back into training slowly.
- Wear protective equipment
We all know mouth guards aren’t glamorous. But neither are missing teeth. Your coach and those around your will expect you to wear protective equipment. Take their recommendations to heart and always utilize the protective equipment available to you.
- Pay attention to proper form
If you’ve ever punched something (even a target) with your thumb clenched in your fist, you’ve likely learned a lesson about proper form. It is important that you listen to your coach and always use proper form when training. This is true for many sports, including weightlifting. Improper form can lead to injuries. If something doesn’t feel right, let your coach know and they may be able to help you modify.
In training with your coach, it is unlikely that you will suffer a concussion though accidents can happen. But your chances of obtaining one can go up if you choose to compete at a full contact level. Regardless of if a concussion happens inside the ring or out you need to take concussion safety seriously. See our tips below to help keep yourself and those around you safer.
- Know the signs of a concussion – According to the Ontario Government concussion symptoms may include headache, temporary loss of consciousness, amnesia around the event, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea or vomiting. Not every person will experience all symptoms, but if you have suffered a fall and are experiencing symptoms it is critical that you obtain medical aid.
- If you aren’t sure sit it out – if you have experienced a hit or a fall and are not sure if you have a concussion or not, sit it out. It is likely still a good idea to seek medical care to rule out a concussion. Do not continue to train if you have a concussion or suspect you may have a concussion. It is always best to play it safe than to potentially aggravate an injury.
- Follow the rules – listen to your coach and always put safety first. Rules will vary for each gym but trust their commitment to safety and always wear your protective equipment.
Bumps and Bruises
It is very likely that you will experience bumps, bruises and minor strains while training. Though these are most often not serious you should always ensure you take any injury seriously. Allow yourself time to heal and don’t over-train. Though you will not likely need to obtain medical aid for a bruise always get abnormal or large bruises checked out. For simple muscle strains or sprains waiting it out and allowing yourself to heal is often the best treatment. To help you be at your best when training consider the following tips.
- Stretch – a proper stretching routine will help you to avoid injuries. Your muscles will thank you for taking the time to warm them up and cool them down. You should try not to skip stretching.
- Use a roller – many athletes love to use a roller to loosen tight muscles. Though it can feel painful at times doing this can alleviate tight muscles and have you feeling great in no time.
- Take an Epsom salt bath – not only are Epsom salt baths relaxing they can also help alleviate sore muscles and strains. Consider taking an Epsom salt bath after you have exerted yourself.
Should I Try Muay Thai?
If you want to try Muay Thai you shouldn’t be too concerned about safety. Is Muay Thai safe? In general, yes Muay Thai is safe. Though it has potential to be dangerous for professional athletes most recreational participants will have very little to worry about. Always ensure that you speak with you coach to ensure you know how to participate safely and that you have all of the necessary safety equipment.
Adult Muay Thai classes are fun and rewarding. Not only will you lean something new by trying Muay Thai, but you will also get a killer workout too! If you are concerned with safety or wondering, is Muay Thai easy to learn? You can get all your answers at Grants MMA. We are the boxing gym Toronto athletes have come to respect. Get started with your Muay Thai, Boxing or MMA class today!