The Pain and Agony of Jiu-Jitsu

Last night I had a great time at class.  I lost a lot of rolls but got in some good sweeps.  It was the first time I did a Balloon Sweep.  I ended up stopping about 15 minutes shy of the full hour and a half because of a injury.  I don’t even know how I did it.  All of the sudden I couldn’t raise my left leg into a 90 degree position without a huge amount of pain at the top of my thigh.  I felt that I may have pulled it at the beginning of class but hadn’t noticed any pain until the end.

I love Jiu-Jitsu and I’ve decided I must love pain.  I keep getting hurt and I keep going back for more.  I try to heal fast enough to be ready for the next injury, be it a bruise, muscle pull, or sprain.  But in most cases they stack up until I have to stop and rest.

I tried some Badger Balm last night to help my sore muscle and some ibuprofen.  It didn’t do anything of significance.  I avoid aspirin knowing it only makes bruises worse.  What does the rest of the BJJ community use to help speed healing of muscle injuries?  Please share with me.  Any tips or tricks to help speed healing would be greatly appreciated.

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