A common question we get from our students is when and how to return to Krav Maga training following an injury. While the nature and severity of injuries can always differ, we generally recommend following the guideline below:
First, returning to training should always be taken slowly – generally speaking, returning time should be equal to the time taken for a recovery period. If an injury has stopped you from training for two weeks, it would take approximately two weeks to get back into your normal training routine (unless otherwise advised from a doctor or health professional). This is a relatively straightforward rule to follow.
Go slowly but surely
The total time needed for a full return to Krav Maga training is generally affected by the nature of your injury or sickness. If you were in a cast for several weeks, to allow for a proper recovery it will typically take more than several weeks to return to your normal training regime. If moderate activity is possible during a recovery of two weeks (due to a less severe injury such as a sprain or a cold), it might take less than two weeks for you to get back up to speed.
Don’t push yourself too hard
Another rule is that on returning, you should never try to do as much as you’re able at the outset. When a recovering student is left to do as much as they can, they may perform quite well on the first day or so because of the amount of rest taken. Unfortunately, although the area injured has been well rested, it’s not in fighting condition. As a result, full intensity Krav Maga training can overload the area injured, causing it to re-injure and sometimes make the condition worse.
There’s no guarantees
While there are never any guarantees against accidents or injuries during Krav Maga training, we can be proactive by training intelligently to avoid them. The goal of any form of fitness or self-defence training is to become stronger and more resilient – there’s no winning when you’re pushing through serious structural pain just to complete a training workout. If you’re recovering from an injury and begin to feel the signs of fatigue or pain, grab one our instructors to help provide you with a more suitable option for an exercise.
Our students train to improve themselves, not run themselves into the ground. If your training leaves you constantly beat up and fatigued, you’re doing it wrong.