Dr. John H. Park, D.C., C.S.C.S.'s MMA Articles

January 2009 // Fighting Fit
Battling MMA Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain, whether it’s transient or chronic, is one of the most common conditions we see at our clinic among the athletes who train and compete in mixed martial arts and other combat sports. The most common shoulder disorders we come across are rotator cuff impingement syndromes, tendinitis, and rotator cuff tears. If you have [...]

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November 2008 // Fighting Fit
Knee Injuries

The ligamentous injuries that occur during grappling and BJJ movements are usually the result of overeager novices or simply mistakes during the heat of competition. Sprains are injuries to the ligaments, which are the connective tissues that attach bone to bone, like the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Since ligaments [...]

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August 2008 // Fighting Fit
Elbow Pain

Anyone who’s watched the UFC or other mixed martial arts events is familiar with the armbar, and everyone who has trained in MMA has undoubtedly been caught in one. The armbar is one of the fi rst submissions Jiu-Jitsu players learn, and it is the basis of many submissions in BJJ and MMA. We know [...]

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April 2008 // Quick Hits
Back Pain in MMA

Back pain affects nearly 80 percent of the population and can severely interfere with your ability to train and compete if you are an MMA athlete. Contrary to what most people believe, the most common cause of back pain is not poor lifting mechanics, but it is more often the result of poor postures and [...]

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