Judo is a modern martial art combat sport created in Japan in 1882. It is a competitive sport where the objective is to either throw or take down an opponent, immobilise or subdue an opponent or force an opponent to submit. Strikes and thrusts by hands or feet are a part of judo but not allowed in competition. Judo is a dynamic combat sport that demands physical prowess and great mental discipline. When standing, a practitioner can lift and throw their opponent into their backs. When on the ground, judo includes techniques to pin the opponent to the ground.

Judo does not involve kicking or punching, it does not involve the application of pressure against the joints and it does not involve any equipment or weapons. Instead, using the forces of balance, power and movement, two individuals grip the judo uniform and attempt to subdue each other. Although seemingly simple, the sport is complex and participants can take a significant period of time mastering moves and use a lot of effort and energy and involves rigorous physical and mental training.

Health Benefits of Judo

Judo helps people develop basic and fundamental physical fitness such as development of strength, flexibility, agility, speed, dynamic and static balance, explosive power as well as endurance. The practice of active attack and defence help develop reaction time, coordination and overall physical self-confidence.

Common Judo Injuries

Judo injuries occur from contact overstraining or falls and can occur to all body parts. Flexibility and muscle control are key components to performing judo at a high level and any deficiencies in these can predispose a participant to a judo injury. Some injuries that judo can cause are Achilles tendon rupture and tendonitis, bicep tendonitis, shoulder tendonitis or dislocation, calf muscle injury, hip arthritis and muscle strain.

A common judo injury is back pain, which can occur as a result of repeated falling, lifting, stretching and twisting. Lifting opponents can put pressure on the back muscles causing them to strain. Sharp lifting movements can be particularly dangerous and lead to ligament and muscles sprains and tears. Knee injuries, such as ligament damage or ligament strains are the most common injury in judo due to quick changes of direction, repeated falling and constant physical contact.

Available Judo Insurance Plans

Sportsinsurance4u offers a variety of plans for both individual judo participants and judo clubs.

Sports Accident Insurance

General & Medical via Sportsinsurance4u can offer you a comprehensive range of judo accident insurance providing cash benefits for sports injuries such as breaks and dislocations, as well as income protection and disablement cover if a judo insurance claim arises. Cover is also available for accidental injury whilst travelling to and from a scheduled match, training session or competition or whilst on an organised tour.

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Sports Health Insurance

Our Sports Health Insurance for semi-professional and professional judo participants offers all of the standard benefits of Private Health Insurance along with important cover for sports related injuries.

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As an alternative for amateur judo participants, General & Medical can also offer Private Health Insurance for you and your family, whether you are on a budget or whether you are looking for the most comprehensive levels of protection.

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