S..t happens - how to deal with injuries and get back stronger than ever!

S..t happens... how to deal with injuries and keep up the skill acquisition while recovering 


In all sports and sports-like activity, the risk of injury exists. 

Even though we do everything we can to keep everyone safe and use protective gear, our friend "Mr. Murphy" visits us sometimes. 

One thing is the physical effect of the injury and then a whole other thing is the psychological side of it. 

Being injured doesn't mean that you have to stop training, on the contrary, you will have "a chance" to focus on some parts of the training that you might not have had time to do before. 

So is the S hits the Fan, here are few tips to help you over come the psychological effects of the injury


Focus on what you can do, not on what you can't!

Now depending on the type of your injury, whether it's your knee, ankle, hip or wrist, elbow, shoulder, think of what you can do without pain or damaging it more. 

If you can move your upper torso and punch, do drills sitting down. Slip and punch, set up the chair close enough to the punching bag or Floor to ceiling ball and start working out. 

If you have one hand available, workout with that one.

If your legs are fine, focus on kicking.

Do trajectories, +1 movement, use constraints that help you with your accuracy and timing.

Don't start feeling sorry for yourself and shut out the world. As long as you're not totally paralyzed, there is always something to work on.


Don't miss out on social interaction with your training buddies!

If you train with a group, don't stay at home! If it is anyhow possible to get the club/Dojo/Gym, do it. 

Do your own workout. Ask your instructor/Coach advice on what to work with and do that. 

Plus you get to interact with your friends!


Recovering might mean change - accept it!


Injuries create individual constraints. As it may not be possible to operate as you used to before the injury, don't stay there. Learn new approaches, variate your performance style and learn how to operate the best.


Don't expect to be able to do the same things at the same level you used to. Think of the results you'll need to achieve, there are many ways to get the same results!

It is going to be a new normal for you!


Few Stories to give you ideas


Story no. 1: Pain in the neck turned to solid movement and efficient techniques.


Once you can't train with a partner because your upper torso can't even take hits from holding the mitts, it is time to work with your techniques and trajectories. The resistance training means using the resistance bands but the focus of the training is getting your punching, kicking and release techniques. 

A great advantage is having a tool such as kravmagacoach.com to give you timely feedback when you're working on your own and the help from your instructor to get better doing that. 

Noticing that once you could get back to training with partners, all that work on trajectories and motion efficiency only needed perception (training the eye) and the results were amazing!


Story no. 2 When your legs don't work as they used to, it's time to put that core and hands to work


Once the neural system took a big hit and affected on your legs so that kicking is not an option anymore, focus on getting that core and hands be your assets. 

Balancing exercises, moving your legs to support that balance and grapple like maniac will be in your focus. 

Again working on efficiency is something to focus on and  learning the new normal for yourself!


Story no. 3: Busted knee shaping to a killer boxing skills


Once you know that the knee will never support you the way it used to, it's time to rethink you approach to self-defense. 
While recuperating the muscle-tissue around the injured knee is important, you know it will always be, at least psychologically, your weak spot. 
So let's create a new approach to self-defense using other means. 


Injury doesn't mean the end of training. It means learning to get the same end results different way.

Keep up with your routine, just alter the content.

And remember it may not be injury but some other "condition" that needs to be considered. One might be expecting a happy family event such as giving birth and of course there are precautions that well have to consider in combat sports training but with a good coach all these are manageable. 

Don't miss out on training, just variate!



How to train

My mission is to help people learn self-defense faster. That's why I wrote the book, "May the skill be with you- How to accelerate skill acquisition in self-defense" 
In the book I break down the self-defense training and skill acquisition in a practical way so that it would be easier for anyone to pick up skills.
Get the book.  
There is also an online course with the exercises available.

What to train

There's 13 in a dozen online courses but only one that you can actually get immediate feedback from That's our kravmagacoach.com platform. The origin story of the platform is over 30 years old as I was training in front of a mirror and the results we're not so fantastic😂. Now that the technology is here, we can have that mirror in our smartphones and see the results, get some numeric and written feedback as well as visually see the differences and what to do. Train the curriculum and let me be of assistance on the way! 


We're putting out a lot of material in our YouTube channel so please check it out and subscribe to the channel @ https://www.youtube.com/@Krav_Maga_Coach 

Train Smart and stay safe!

Coach Tommi Nystrom
5. Dan, Krav Maga
Head Coach, Krav Maga Finland