For the past 3 months I have been taking a Thai Kick Boxing Classes and Jiu-Jitsu. Classes are super fun and engaging. Now the one problem that most people over look is the kind of injuries that are possible.
Cauliflower Ear is something that might never happen, or always happen. Despite it not being a serious injury it actually is super annoying about taking care of it. It occurs when there is contact on to the ear (quick hit or from falling onto your ear). Once there is the first sign of cauliflower ear (large pockets of blood in or around your ear), you must immediately drain the blood from the ear. It is advised to never do this by yourself and to actually have someone trained in doing it. For me I went to my local ER and had them drain it. This is where it becomes annoying in taking care it, since after the ear is drained there must be pressure on the ear for the a minimum of 5 days and up to two weeks of no contact sports. If this is not up kept IT WILL come back. As so, mine came back. Thankfully a friend of mine had the equipment to drain it and finally after 2 weeks it was gone (but my ear is slightly different, but not by much). Cauliflower ear can be prevented by wearing wrestling head gear.
Now another injury that is usually a freak one is getting cut above the eyebrow. If you have seen a boxing or mma fight you might have seen one of these and may wonder how it happens. The eyebrow resides on top of the eye socket and when there is contact made in an angle (ie elbow or the side of someone's head) the bone cuts the skin from the inside. Now when this happens, the blood comes and it takes pressure for it to stop. For me it was just a simple bump on the head and mine just so happened to be slightly angled (this happens very often, but not to where you get cut). To treat this is requires immediate attention and 8 stitches. What I thought was interesting is that I can immediately go back to practicing. Stitches come off in five days and a scar for the rest of my life.
Now I know that I really need to wear a head gear. I can't wait to get back into it, despite the injuries that happened.
Best part is that I now have four injuries somewhere on my face and head (3 set of stitches and staples in my head).
Now for the best part, a picture! It is pretty good, so look at your own accord.