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Concussions in the Karate world

Postby Otto » Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:55 pm

The subject of concussions is in the forefront of today's sports news.
I was wondering if any of this has shown up in the Karate world? I don't know of anyone who suffers from what we are starting to understand are long term effects. I was wondering if any of you guys have come across it?

I will admit, though, that every time I can't come up with a thought that was right there in my head - I say, "Uh, oh, is that from all the face blocks I did in my past?"
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Re: Concussions in the Karate world

Postby Jason Rees » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:29 pm

The military is learning quite a bit about concussions, the lasting damage, and their part in Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD.

I blame brain farts on the copious amounts of Mountain Dew I've consumed. :lol:

An acronym you can use for telling whether someone has a concussion:
S- Something wrong
H- Headache
A- Altered/Loss of Conciousness
R- Ringing in Ears
D- Dizziness/Double Vision
Life begins & ends cold, naked & covered in crap.
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Re: Concussions in the Karate world

Postby MarkNoble » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:06 pm

If you get hit in the head a lot, you're at risk for pugilistic dementia, but I don't think the average Karateka takes as many head shots as the average pro-boxer :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pugilistic_dementia
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Re: Concussions in the Karate world

Postby Van Canna » Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:33 pm

MarkNoble wrote:If you get hit in the head a lot, you're at risk for pugilistic dementia, but I don't think the average Karateka takes as many head shots as the average pro-boxer :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pugilistic_dementia


Funny thing is that the average karate-ka doesn't believe he can be hit in the head in a street fight.
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Re: Concussions in the Karate world

Postby harlan » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:17 pm

I would expand the context of karate to include any traditional martial arts, and not simply think of it as a kicking or boxing/punching injury. I personally was simply shoved on the shoulder by a sifu using 'gong li' and 'felt' my brain sloshing in my head. Nausea, weak knees, black spots...

I think of that actress, Ms. Redgrave that died from a concussion from simply falling down, and wonder if less percussive situations are adequately considered (in the dojo).
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Re: Concussions in the Karate world

Postby MarkNoble » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:25 pm

Van Canna wrote:Funny thing is that the average karate-ka doesn't believe he can be hit in the head in a street fight.


Yes, and then it happens and their response is "Ouch,... it wasn't like that in our simulations".

I heard of an incident here where a guy attacked a karateka with a knife. The karateka instinctively responded with a jodan-uke high block. The knife opened up a giant slash wound on the karateka's forearm and he almost bled to death.
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Re: Concussions in the Karate world

Postby Van Canna » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:43 pm

Even if the karate-ka had shot the knife attacker center mass with a .45 caliber pistol, and hit the heart dead center...the assaillant would still have about 17 seconds of physical ability to keep stabbing the shooter.

It is better to train to explode off the X in the oblique angles than stand there and block.
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