Muscle, fat, and skin provide a better low pass filter to an impulse function than does bone. In other words... yes!
It's also difficult to "condition" bone this way.
Thanks Bill, my feelings as well.
Another problem,as you well know, is the 'pre-existing' condition that can be there unknown to the person who is receiving chest blows, thinking he is conditioned to take them.
The possibility that young, well-trained athletes at the high school, college, or professional
level could die suddenly seems incomprehensible. It is a dramatic and tragic event that devastates families and the community. Sports, per se, are not a cause of enhanced mortality, but they can trigger sudden death in athletes with heart or blood vessel abnormalities by predisposing them to life-threatening heart irregularities.
In the rest of the world, soccer is the sport most commonly associated with sudden death. Sudden death occurs in 1 to 2 in 200,000 athletes annually and predominately strikes male athletes.
The CC danger is well known to soccer coaches. When I was playing soccer, our coach always advised to either blade the body, if possible, while blocking an incoming power ball...and or as seen in pro games today, to place the right forearm across the chest when standing in the 'wall' 10 yards from a striker against a free/penalty kick, plus the left hand covering the groin for obvious reasons.
What is strange to me, Bill, is that given the real danger of CC in all athletes, young or mature, so many Uechi teachers in Okinawa have and still continue in the practice of striking students in the ‘heart zone’[some teachers call it the ‘heart punch’] for whatever 'immunity reason' Uechi people might have to CC not ever explained medically.
And they never address the possibility of underlying conditions.