With the experience of competing in the cage and the discipline to earn his bjj black belt, Michael Piekarski has a unique perspective when it comes to understanding the demands and stressors that fighters endure. He’s a practicing physical therapist and does a great job explaining things that occur in the cage and on the mat. In today’s podcast, we get a better understanding for what happens in practice, during competition and how we should approach recovery and healing.
In this episode we discuss:
- Michael’s education
- Earning his BJJ Blackbelt
- Competing in MMA and Muay Thai
- Overuse vs Traumatic Injuries
- 3 Keys to Recovery
- Working around injuries and ailments
- Finding the RIGHT therapist to help you
- and more!
Originally from the Northeast, Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in upstate New York, where he first discovered Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. After graduating, Mike began competing in Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and submission grappling. After turning professional as a Mixed Martial Artist, he decided to change his focus and return to school. Mike attended Stony Brook University in Long Island, where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduate school Mike moved to Los Angeles. During this time he earned the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and became recognized as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. Mike currently lives in Sacramento and works with a variety of athletes as a Sports Physical Therapist.
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