10 Muay Thai Safety Tips for Beginners
Training Muay Thai can be extremely risky. An accident can happen anytime especially in clinching and sparring. That’s why you need to know some basic tips to prevent the unnecessary accident.
1. Warm up and stretching before and after training
Warm up and stretching for at least 15 minutes before and after training. It helps blood circulation system, increasing heart-rate and relax your key muscle and tendon, which will reduce the chance of getting a cramp or tearing muscles.
2. Stay hydrate
You will sweat a lot so stay hydrate all the time (before, during and after the session). Dehydration causes low blood pressure, brain malfunction, seizure, and faint. The best way is to sip the water continuously, not drink the whole cup spontaneously which will cause colic during the training.
3. Stop training immediately if you feel any pain
If you feel any pain in any part of your body, stop training and tell your trainer immediately to get first-aid treatment then go to see the doctor later. Do not continue training even it just a small pain because it can get worse if you don’t treat the injury correctly.
4. Look for the first-aid kit and ice pack
Look for the first-aid kit in the gym and also ask the trainer where to get the ice pack. The ice pack can be used as a first-aid treatment to reduce pain and bruises within 48 hours, after that you will need a warm water instead.
5. Don’t rush to come back training after injury
Don’t rush to come back training after injury, wait until you completely heal. It so easy to get the same injury and it will be even worse which is not worth it.
6. Always wear a mouth-guard and head-guard
Always wear a mouth-guard and head-guard, especially when sparring because Muay Thai has a lot of impact moves. It will keep you safe from a concussion, dislocating jaw and a broken tooth.
7. Trim your toe and hand nails.
Trim your toe and hand nails. Dust and germs can easily stick to longer nails, especially Muay Thai training mostly with bare feet. Trim your nails to keep yourself clean and prevent accidentally scratching your sparring partner.
8. Tie your hair before training
If you have a long hair, please tie your hair before training. It can distract your training and sweep on your friend’s face which is very annoying.
9. Dress right and wear the perfectly fit equipment
Dress right and wear the perfectly fit equipment. It’s not ok to wear shoes in the training are if it’s not your gym shoes. Always wear shorts that you can kick easy. The gloves and head-guard are not too tight or too big for your palm or it might fall down or cause an injury.
10. Stay clean and sanitized before and after training
Stay clean and sanitized before and after training. Always clean your training clothes so they won’t smell when you come to the gym. Wear some deodorant before training, wash your feet and take a shower after training. No-one wants to train with smelly partners.