Saturday, September 30, 2006

Listen to your body!!

Despite I am planning to focus on Kendo and Health issues for Kendoka over 50 years of age, there is one common denominator that applies to everyone, and that is LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

Friday night, during Jigeiko, one of my daughters was fighting Yamada sensei, she tried MEN but her attack was blocked so, she kept moving forward going into a strong tai-atari and then, when her body was getting in contact with Yamada's sensei, she felt a sharp burning pain in the lower right section of her abdomen.

She tried to pull back but, the pain was so strong that her legs didn't hold and she went down to the floor in fetal position.

We have to call an ambulance and she stayed overnight at the hospital, where she was diagnosed as a torn abdominal muscle. She has to rest and will be out of keiko for some few weeks.

Lesson Learned

The lesson learned here is simple, she didn't listen to her body, during the week, before Friday, she was feeling her abs tight and a small amount of pain in the affected area, however, due to the fact that she has been out of consistent keiko for awhile, she thought it was a "normal" pain. Well, she was wrong.


We - all Kendoka - have something that it is a virtue and a curse, that is our Tamashi, or spirit, that lead us to continue in our quest, no matter what. Sometimes, we should set aside such spirit and listen to our body.

Cases like my daughter, normally recover quickly, because they are young but, people of my age may find more difficult to recover from injuries so, we have to be careful.


At 9:03 PM, Blogger Vivian Yung said...

I am sorry to hear about the accident, and hope that she will make a speedy recovery to full health and strength very soon.

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Eduardo Cigliutti said...

Hi Vivian,

Thanks a lot for your concerns and good wishes. She will be fine, being at home recovering and being "pumpered" by teh family :-)


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