How Rolling/Training Jiu-Jitsu Injured Helped My Game
In Jiu-Jitsu and many athletic sports its not if you get injured but when. Many of the athletes that I see range from active hobbiest to elite olympic level athletes and they both have the same thing in common… that is that they do not want to stop playing or competing in their activity.
Recently I suffered an injury to my hand and finger so when it comes to grabbing anything in the Gi, well, no deal. So just like many other people, you have to improvise and accommodate to your situation rather than completely stop.
If you are reading this, then I am sure that you likely refuse to quit your sport or activity as well and I am here as athlete and professional to tell you that you DO NOT HAVE TO and you likely should not.
What you should do is modify you activity and activity intensity. In jiu-jitsu, you may have to do that as well as the techniques. In my case, I was able to develop better back takes (and I got my guard passed/turtle a lot), and predict movements over and over because I was getting in the same position over and over due to the injury and inability to attack/defend certain position.
Anyway, if you are suffering pain and an injury you should do a few things. One, take care of it and go so a professional. The faster you do, the more at ease you will be with it and you will likely have a plan to get better faster! Second, modify your technique and activity rather if you need to so you can stay healthy and active while still building skills and treating the injury properly.