ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Prevent Injury at your BJJ Gym with Instant Ice

Updated on January 17, 2015

One of my many injuries

Source

The basics: instant ice rules!

I run a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym, and I can tell you for sure that having ice handy accounts for 95% or more of injury treatment and prevention. We have a freezer, but you never know for sure if ice packs are going to be ready in there, and if you give one away to a student, you never know if you're going to get them back.

Enter the instant cold pack. Priced at less than a buck apiece, these are used only once, so you don't have to worry about giving them to a student on the way out (or sometimes giving an extra one "for the drive home", as I like to say). An ounce of prevention is worth one less trip per year to the ER, or something like that.

If you wrestle or train BJJ or other martial arts that involve bumps and bruises from time to time, or (especially) if you're a BJJ gym owner like me, consider keeping something like this in stock. There's nothing more troubling to a gym owner than when a student gets injured, and having ice on-the-ready to give out at an instant's notice provides at least a little peace of mind. You just snap these things and shake them up and they become instant ice packs, ready to be taken home if needed. This is not only very prudent to have on hand, but also incredibly convenient for my students, as they can literally take one for the road if need be.

Putting ice on an injury is, by far, the number one method for preventing more serious injury... and it provides something else: peace of mind.

One example of an instant ice pack in action

What do I know about injuries, anyway?

An awful lot.

I run a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym (you can read a little about the gym itself and how we keep it clean here if you want). As a consequence, I have seen literally dozens of bumps, bruises, finger jambs, ankle twists, knee pops, and various other miscellaneous injuries that require ice. In addition to this, I've been injured my fair share, from when I was a rambunctious kid and fell down, breaking three fingers at once on my right hand, to the time I broke my collarbone playing football, to much later BJJ-related injuries. Trust me when I say that I'm very familiar with the need to have ice handy.

I'm also frequently without a "portable freezer" (EG, at a tournament) when I find a need for ice. As a consequence, instant ice packs are a must have if you're legitimately trying to be prepared.

From joint injuries to bruises

Ice simply does wonders for all kinds of injuries. Short of a severed limb, there are few moderate injuries that an instant ice pack wouldn't help significantly, whether it's numbing the affected area or keeping the swelling down (which is crucial in the long term healing process), putting something cold very quickly on whatever is injured is the number one first aid trick to know, and it's the only action required as a gym owner about 95% of the time. You might also just want to consider an injury report as well, just to keep track of how an injury occurred, particularly if you're not attending every class.

Muay Thai: one of the sports for which I have treated injuries

Source

Guestbook

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)