Experts Highlight a Link Between Arthritis and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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( — September 5, 2017) Orlando, FL — Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been popularized by the health benefits it offers. However, aspiring Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters should take into account the drawbacks associated with it.

Experts highlight the link between arthritis and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. All sports actually carry a risk of injury. However, this type of sport is particularly known to be tough on the joints.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu involves a lot of pulling, gripping, grabbing wrenching, and throwing. Thus, it could potentially trigger wear and tear in the joint cartilage, which could result in the development of osteoarthritis.

There are many types of arthritis, and the most common is osteoarthritis. It is also called a wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease. It is believed to be caused by joint cartilage breakdown.

The cartilage works by cushioning the bones. When the health of the cartilage deteriorates, it can cause friction between bones. Once this happens, it can lead to pain and other symptoms.

Another type of arthritic condition is rheumatoid arthritis, which is chronic and inflammatory. It is considered an autoimmune disease and involves multiple joints.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been linked with dislocations, mangled fingers or toes, joint pain, and hand injuries. While very little research has been conducted on this sport and how it is linked with arthritis, it is easy to assume the link between the two.

Judo is the nearest relative of BJJ, and plenty of research has been conducted on it. In a study, it was found that extensive Judo could be a risk factor for the onset of osteoarthritis in the finger joints. This is believed to be due to the chronic-repetitive micro- and substantial (macro-) injury.

In 1984, Frey A, Müller W. discovered that all judokas suffer from severe osteoarthritis of the distal interphalangeal joints (DIP). Researchers suggest that re-injury, over-stress, and micro-trauma over a period of time could accumulate and manifest as arthritis.

There are several ways to engage in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while reducing the risk of arthritis. Enthusiasts can have more no-gi training to provide their grip a rest.

It is similarly important to have stronger muscles as they can stabilize the joints and improve range of motion. They are even thought to help in pain reduction. There has also been some evidence that shows hand flexibility may potentially decrease arthritis risk.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enthusiasts may also consider the use of natural supplements, such as glucosamine. This natural alternative is believed to help repair cartilage damage as well as improve overall joint health.


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