Up until my 2nd Degree grading I'd been relatively injury-free, other than the normal cracked ribs which often comes hand in hand with Martial Arts sparring, and also some dodgy ankles that would roll every now and again. During my second degree grading I performed a reverse turning kick and something popped up the top of my right hamstring. As I was pumped full of adrenaline and warm I continued through the grading experiencing only a little pain. After the grading though the pain became more intense as I cooled down. Not having experienced this type of injury before I thought nothing of it and being a typical male a trip to the doctor was not even considered. Walking was painful and continued to trouble me for a number of weeks. I backed off the Taekwon-Do training to allow it to heal and things slowly improved. I resumed training again but found that when I performed a left leg kick the top of my right hamstring would pull. After battling through, again not seeing a doctor, I succumbed and saw a physio. She told me that I had torn the hamstring at the insertion point and then developed chronic tendinitis. We talked about soft tissue injuries being the norm for those in their late 20's. She had a ballet background and had seen it repeated time and time again with fellow dancers. The only options for recovery were rest or a steroid shot into the aggravated area. Kicking and stretching continued to aggravate the area so a break away from training was had. After 8 months off I came back and whilst it was a little better the pain remained. My left leg side kicks struggled to get any height due to the lack of strength in my right leg. One of the most important lessons from this injury was that soft tissue injuries should be respected and I strongly recommend that you seek treatment from a professional to ensure full recovery.
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