Martial arts: a perspective on their evolution, injuries, and training formats

Orthop Rev. 1988 Feb;17(2):208-9, 213-5, 220-1.


The martial arts are very popular today as both spectator and participant sports, and a large percentage of the participants are children. More injuries are sustained in tournament competition and many are preventable by using protective gear and by limiting contact. Medical screening and proper execution of technique are also important prophylactic modalities.

MeSH terms

  • Arm Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Athletic Injuries / classification
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Protective Devices
  • Spinal Injuries / physiopathology
  • Sports*
  • Stress, Mechanical