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so ive found out from a knee specialist that i have essentialy destroyed the ligament on the left side of my right knee (theres a fancy name for it but i can never remember) basicaly it means if i change direction quikly or anything like that my right knee dislocates. because of this im not able to spar or fight until i get it sorted (looking like recon at the moment) so my question is do you think i should continue to spar with the injury knowing it will eventualy cause a disloaction? (its very random, in a season of soccer it happened about 4 times) because the ligament is as bad as it can get so i wont be causing any more serious long term damage, ill be in a lot of pain for a bit but I generaly only have to stay off it for a day or so before i can get back into it. so yeah, do you guys think i should continue to spar with this injury or wait until i get the operation?
 

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That would be your medial collateral ligament(mcl). Long story short, if you destroyed(tore)it like you said, it will bother you for the better part of 5-10 years or worse the remainder of your life unless you get surgery. I wouldn't recommend sparring on it, but the way I see it is that it won't get any better for quite a while so f it and spar on it. Light bag work and etc. shouldn't do much damage unless your a south paw, same for sparring, conventionally it could be a problem as well when you pivet with your right cross or straight etc. Running and jumping rope(aka skipping) could be a serious problem for you too. But all this depends on what is really wrong with your mcl, i'm guessing it's torn in a few places if it allows dislocations and that sucks.
 

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basicaly the ligament should stop my leg from turning once it gets to a certain point but as mine is torn it doesnt stop so the leg keeps going and then pops out. the specialist says any straight motion leg work is fine, as the dislocations only occur when i change dircetion suddenly etc. so running and bag work is all fine as its generaly straight motion, as is riding, swimming etc. skipping is ok as well but i have poped my knee on a landing before. so basicaly all the training is fine its just sparring that poses a problem because as you said ill have to pivot etc. so yeah i will be getting the surgery as its just so messed up but at the moment theres nothing more i can do to it, its as bad as it can get really. so yeah not sure if i should soldier on with sparring as i will no doubt dislocate my leg at some point but itll only cause me a lot of short term pain with no more long term negative effects.
 

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thats actually a good point, i found out the muscle above my right knee is smaller than the same muscle on my left leg as my body has adjusted to the injury by putting less pressure on my right leg so the muscle got smaller. so yeah bone damage probably isnt that big of a leap.
 

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get it fixed

I'd suggest you just stay in shape until you get it fixed. I've been without an ACL for 19 years. Never got it fixed because my legs are strong and I've been able to stay active - and doctors are reluctant to work on a guy who's active and can get around ok. Now, my knee's starting to go bone-on-bone and it hurts all the time. I do all my physical activities with a custom brace and will eventually be getting a knee replacement. I suggest you get this fixed and get mentally fired up for a good, serious rehab. If you're young you'll probably be much, much better in the long run.

I sparred yesterday with my brace on and I'm a hurtin mofo today.

The problem is that with torn ligaments comes extra knee movement - sliding and twisting the knee really isn't designed for. This accelorates the wear and tear on your knee joint.
 

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so ive found out from a knee specialist that i have essentialy destroyed the ligament on the left side of my right knee (theres a fancy name for it but i can never remember) basicaly it means if i change direction quikly or anything like that my right knee dislocates. because of this im not able to spar or fight until i get it sorted (looking like recon at the moment) so my question is do you think i should continue to spar with the injury knowing it will eventualy cause a disloaction? (its very random, in a season of soccer it happened about 4 times) because the ligament is as bad as it can get so i wont be causing any more serious long term damage, ill be in a lot of pain for a bit but I generaly only have to stay off it for a day or so before i can get back into it. so yeah, do you guys think i should continue to spar with this injury or wait until i get the operation?
I would recommend looking into brazilian jiu jitsu groundfighting and letting the knee heal.
 

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well i basicaly have the recon set for the end of the year (the months of rehab would get in the way of schooling) and theres no way its getting better without it as i first tore it about 4 years ago so since then its just got progressively worse. when i first did it id dislocate the knee but with in 30mins be back on and running, however the last time it happened i could barely walk for 2 days and was unable to run or similar for the next 5.

im not really into the ground fighting at all to be honest, and i figure i could get the same fitness from doing the boxing training just without the sparring.
 

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well i basicaly have the recon set for the end of the year (the months of rehab would get in the way of schooling) and theres no way its getting better without it as i first tore it about 4 years ago so since then its just got progressively worse. when i first did it id dislocate the knee but with in 30mins be back on and running, however the last time it happened i could barely walk for 2 days and was unable to run or similar for the next 5.

im not really into the ground fighting at all to be honest, and i figure i could get the same fitness from doing the boxing training just without the sparring.
work the bags can get you tired and make you swell... But I dont know, can you run? rope-jump?
Sparring is usefull if you wanna learn to fight, other than that you dont need it.
 

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Yeah, when you tear ligaments in the knee you often injure the cartilege along with it...which is probably why it hurt for days when you injured it more recently. If you're at all like me, you can probably do road work - during the day time, on level ground, not doing many sharp turns. Ask your doc about getting a custom-fit knee brace. Mine has been the difference between me being in good shape and being a friggin blob, due to it's ability to allow me to really stay active.

In the long run, you'll probably be much happier getting it fixed soon. At my age - early 40s, I'm almost in constant pain with mine because it wasn't fixed and now it's all ground up.
 

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i think i said earlier but yeah i can do any workout that involves my leg moving in a straightmotion, so running, skip rope etc are all in, in fact the only thing i really cant do is sparring or boxing (shadow boxing is fine i just have to weave on the spot. i have decided against sparring for 2 reasons, one it will put me totaly out of action for up to a week if i dislocate my knee again and two, it hurst like bloody hell when i dislocate it hahaha
 

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i think i said earlier but yeah i can do any workout that involves my leg moving in a straightmotion, so running, skip rope etc are all in, in fact the only thing i really cant do is sparring or boxing (shadow boxing is fine i just have to weave on the spot. i have decided against sparring for 2 reasons, one it will put me totaly out of action for up to a week if i dislocate my knee again and two, it hurst like bloody hell when i dislocate it hahaha
Stick with the basic conditioning: Speed bag, heavy bag, kisp rope, running, double end bag, and shadow boxing with either weights and elastic
 
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