sternum / back injuries

Hello, I have a question to ask. I am a 35 year old male, physically active and in good shape and health. I have been taking kickboxing and boxing classes in a professional gym for about 1 Ĺ years. I go about 3-4 times a week, 1 hour per class, but sometimes I do 2 classes per day. It is a very intense workout given by professional fighters and instructors. All of the classes stress conditioning, so the instructors tell us to do push ups, situps, crunches, etc, in addition to the punch-kick combinations. Iíve never done so many situps and pushups in 1 hour!

Recently I injured my sternum from what I believe was doing too many situps and pushups. It was pretty painful to move around, go to bed, and especially to sneeze. Itís still a little tender so I will give it one more week, but itís been a month now since I went to class. I also strained a back muscle and had back spasms from the class as well, and that has also taken a long time to heal. Iíve had back injuries like this before from working out and overstraining my muscles.

I really want to prevent these injuries from occurring in the future because I canít afford to miss out on a whole month or more of not taking these classes or working out. I donít believe I had these types of injuries when I was in my 20ís. Should I stretch more, apply ice or heat after every class or workout, just not lift or exert as much in these classes? Thank you.

Posted By Al on June 29, 2009 at 18:18:45:

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