Brian Bowles returns after mixed martial arts injury

May 8, 2013

Topic: common sports injuries

Brian Bowles returns after mixed martial arts injury

Mixed martial artist Brian Bowles returns to fighting after an 18-month break from the practice. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention campaign notes that common sports injuries from mixed martial arts often include concussions, sprains, strains and cuts. 

According to SB Nation, Bowles last participated in MMA in November 2011. He lost to Urijah Faber and left the practice for an 18-month hiatus. During that time, the 32-year-old athlete spent time recovering from ongoing injuries. Bowles had broken his hand three times, was diagnosed with two bulging and two degenerative discs and suffered a knee injury. Bowles' back injury was the most debilitating. To recover, the athlete did strength exercises. 

"When I sit out and try to come back, I have to come back so slow to get my back conditioned to it, that if I don't, I'll hurt myself," Bowles told the source. "That actually happened to me. We tried to come back too fast, and then I ended up hurting my back and that would put me down for another month."

After taking his year and a half break to overcome this orthopaedic problem, Bowles will face George Roop at the UFC 160 event at the end of May. 

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