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Martial arts injuries

Martial arts injuries: When males and females take up martial arts, who gets hurt?

As crime rates have expanded in Great Britain and the United States, concerns about personal safety have increased, and many people have decided to learn self-defence techniques by studying the martial arts. In the United States, for example, the number of martial arts enthusiasts has climbed past 200,000 and is still rising, even though very little information has been available concerning the actual safety of the sport itself. Some critics, sceptical of the merits of martial arts training, have suggested that you’re more likely to be seriously hurt during a martial arts workout than you are to be hit on the head by a mugger.

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