Effects of martial arts training on the bones?

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by Andy, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. Andy

    Andy Guest


    I apologise if I'm raising this question in the wrong place
    - but I'd be appreciative of any informed opinions...

    I train in a Korean martial art called Taekwon-Do. Quite an
    important part of our syllabus is the usage of rebreakable
    boards and bricks to demonstrate the effectiveness of our
    techniques. For my next grading, I have to break (or make 3
    good attempts at breaking) a housebrick using a punch.

    Preparing my hands for this involves;
    * punching into a bucket of sand, to build skin callous
    around the area
    * punching a wooden target

    From a medical perspective, am I risking long term damage by
    doing this?

    Thanks in advance!