Doesn’t mean you can’t participate.
With most injuries, you can still be an active participant in your martial arts community.
Recently I hurt my ribs, which restricts my participation in Karate, BJJ and Krav Maga.
But just because I sustained an injury doesn’t mean I can’t still participate in the community.
Instead of staying home from training, I grabbed my camera and took pictures of others working through the lessons. This served my community by providing content for their social media feeds, aided in remembering the content presented, and my presence in the dojo allowed me to provide feedback to participants.
At events, I’ll often see my older colleagues grab a note pad and pen to take notes when there is a technique that doesn’t “jive” with their sore joints. In doing so, they can understand and remember the techniques so when they return to their own dojo, they can help coach those who are capable of such movements.
For those who are experienced enough, there’s always the option to help teach. Even if you can’t perform a technique in all circumstances, you can still talk someone through a movement or explain a concept aiding in the progression of those around you.
When you can’t physically perform a task, there’s always an option to make it an intellectual endeavor by taking notes and help instruct or a creative one by taking videos or photos.
But whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s in line with your goals. At the same time, always be cognizant of the limitations that injuries can have on you both physically and mentally. Some injuries can certainly take a larger mental toll than others, so do what’s best for you.
It’s easy to find reasons not to do something, but if there is will there is “the way”.
The choice is yours!