- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: ECW Press (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770411720
- ISBN-13: 978-1770411722
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ultimate Guide to Preventing and Treating MMA Injuries: Featuring advice from UFC Hall of Famers Randy Couture, Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Pat Miletich, Dan Severn and more! Paperback – May 10, 2016
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As a lifelong athlete and now MMA coach, I know it is absolutely necessary to understand every aspect of combat sports, including injury prevention. Dr. Gelber’s book is required reading for all combat athletes and coaches that want to reach their highest potential in the rugged world of competitive fighting.” Greg Nelson, head coach of UFC champions Sean Sherk and Brock Lesnar
Dr. Jon Gelber’s book is is full of interesting behind-the-scenes stories and a must-have for any MMA athlete that wants to prolong their career.” Javier Mendez, head coach AKA and UFC Champions Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier
MMA is a very young sport. The evolution of MMA, along with both the training and physical therapy regimens, is taking place at a highly accelerated rate. Dr. Jonathan Gelber does an outstanding job of translating complicated terminology into easy-to-read layman terms for the first-time enthusiast or the veteran practitioner. Simple and easy-to-follow diagrams will help all levels of combat sport athletes in reducing injuries through proper exercise and healing some of the sports’ more common afflictions. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to make MMA a part of their life.” Big John McCarthy
Advice from professionals for professionals. This book is a guide for the long journey to becoming a championship fighter.” Carlos Newton, UFC Welterweight Champion
A great book with great advice that will help every athlete train smarter and perform better.” Mike Winkeljohn, head striking coach elite Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA camp
This book is a wealth of knowledge and advice on the prevention and treatment of MMA injuries not only from the author Dr. Jon Gelber, but also by an amazing amount of fighters and trainers. I wish I would have known all the prevention tips’ found in this book when I was competing. It would have saved me a lot of pain!” Bas Rutten, UFC Hall of Famer and Heavyweight Champion, 3x King of Pancrase
This book takes serious information on how to prevent and treat MMA injuries and relates it in an easy-to-read fashion with a myriad of interesting stories from the top stars of the MMA world. Not only a must read’ for any practitioner of martial arts, but a great book for all fans of MMA.” Jon J. Franklin, CEO Glory Kickboxing
Gelber did a fantastic job giving readers a crash course in human anatomy and what happens when various parts of the body become damaged. The bottom line: If you’re a young fighter starting out or an established combat sports veteran, the book provides a roadmap to avoiding mistakes that could have dire consequences.” Sherdog.com
About the Author
Jonathan Gelber, M.D., M.S., received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and a Masters degree in biomedical engineering from Columbia University. He was trained in orthopedic surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and completed a sports medicine fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. A lifelong interest in combative sports has led him to a black belt in Shito-Ryu Karate, a blue belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and to become the founder of both FightMedicine.net and the Mixed Martial Arts Research Society. He has written numerous articles for MMA websites and magazines. He lives in New York.
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Original Review: I had high hopes for this book, but did not find much of the information in the book helpful. The book can be described as having three parts. One, Stories from various pro fighters describing their injuries training or in the cage. Two, Medical textbook illustrations and descriptions of various body parts and Three, recommended exercises with pictures to prevent specific injuries.
The stories from the fighters about their injuries was basically fluff and was not informative. Just them describing their injury with a small, vague chart (for example) 1.Stretch. 2. Ice., etc. Nothing about their stories gave me any clues of how to actually prevent injuries other then the obvious (make sure mats are dry, twist your supporting foot when throwing a kick). The medical illustrations provided were standard info of anatomy that anyone can get on the internet with the advice of "It's helpful to learn about the parts of the body". And the last and most disappointing was the prevention exercises. If this particular section was outstanding, I would have gladly overlooked the other insufficient material. But the three or four exercises (for ACL specifically) that consisted of two grainy black and white pics for each specific exercise with literally a four word title with no description of how to do the exercises correctly or any tips is unacceptable. Many of the recommend exercise were the obvious, such as Leg Extensions. I was expecting reading this book to be like visiting a physical therapist, where after reading I would feel like I had a better grasp of how to prevent and treat specific injuries, but that was not the case.
There are so many questions that I have regarding this subject matter that were never addressed. I've asked Jon Fitch specifically about ACL injuries, he says Squats and strong legs are the answer. Another AKA fighter I have spoken with says, "Strengthen those calves to prevent ACL injuries". I was hoping this book would address all the various more comprehensive methods of prevention such as strength/weight training, stretching & Yoga, Heat vs Ice therapy, Cryotherapy, using braces, massage, and even cutting edge stem cell therapies, and tell me which ones were better then the others.
Additional questions like:
-'Does being flat footed raise your chances of injury?'
-'What exercises to avoid because they are actually harming and making you more likely have an ACL injury'
And the most important question after speaking with teammates and others that have had ACL injuries, Why do many ACL tears come out of no where with zero warning? Most of the injured ACL fighters I have talked with have the same story. "I was sparring. I felt great, then Boom, I hit the floor." This is the kind of fairly common situation that I was hoping this book would address.
Just an all around vague and poorly written book. The information is not worth the $20 and you can get better and more clear, precise and thorough information and prevention exercises from a Youtube video. I would not recommend this book to a friend, family or training partner.
As a sports massage therapist and future acupuncturist I am constantly seeing patients come in with questions about how their training may lead to injuries. This is an excellent book to share with them! I especially love the section on knee injury prevention exercises!
As a physical therapist and mixed martial artist, I find myself constantly dealing with and treating a variety of injuries with limited resources of knowledge out there. This book has numerous sections to cover all body parts with interviews from the pioneers of the sport and stars of today with pictures of an at the time relatively unknown Stipe Miocic, who recently became the UFC heavyweight champion.