One of my pet peeves is using minor injury as an excuse not to train. Judo is one of the hardest sports on your body. The impact of falling, twisting, bending, pivoting, gripping etc mean there is ALWAYS something that aches.
It is bewildering some of the reasons I hear for people missing training.
- My wrist was sore
- I sprained my toe
- I'm having my tonsils out tomorrow
- My knee was bruised
- I had sore legs from running
Correct me if I’m wrong but the human body has 206 bones. If one of them isn’t 100% then you’ve still got 205 that can be used and trained. Judo is a sport where the development of muscle memory is essential for mastery of the art.
If you miss one 2-hour training session per week due to one of these ‘soft’ reasons then that’s over 100 hours in a year you’ve missed. Did your rivals miss 100 hours of training because of bumps and bruises?
There are very few injuries that can ‘actually’ prevent you from training in any form whatsoever. I relate it to work. If you sneeze in the morning do you take a day off? If you couldn’t sleep because the neighbours had a party you still go to work right?
I’m pretty sure the sales you make (or whatever else your job may be), despite probably being lower than a perfect day are still higher and more beneficial to you then the $0 you make by staying home.
In saying all this, I am not advocating being reckless and compounding an injury that will in the long run make you take more time off, nor am I saying ‘come and train’ if you have a communicable disease.
However, if the problem is minor don’t turn it into a major drama. Change your training mindset. If you’ve got a lower body injury, come and work on grip fighting. If your shoulder hurts, come and work on agility and/or leg dominant newaza technique.
By the way, it is also essential to carry band-aids, sports tape and magic (pain relief) spray in your Judo bag. These tools allow you to stick your body together well enough to get through 90% of training.