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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Punches to the lower ribs when abdominal muscles ae relaxed

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My first post. Hope some fighters can help me with problem that i have. Basically i was hit -out of the blue twice- in the lower left ribs in the spleen (it was an attack attack, bullying). And as i didn't expect the punches my muscles were relaxed, but didn't even hurt as bad. After the punch i just sit on the chair and that guy did the same think to me once again, i was in shock just sitting with open mouth. After a 3 months still hurts although under my ribs.

I've been reading arcticles about how to take a puch and almost everone say that you have to tighten abdominal muscels to protect vital organs. Well i did't, got punches in the ribs and felt much pain.

Do guys, during the fights always keep their abdominal muscles tigtened?

What i am concerned is that the ribs bent and internal organs got injured instead of ribs. I didn't go to doctor but i will. I suppose that lower ribs bent in case of punch.

Anyone can comment on this? I'm not a fighter, never fought in my life.
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My first post. Hope some fighters can help me with problem that i have. Basically i was hit -out of the blue twice- in the lower left ribs in the spleen (it was an attack attack, bullying). And as i didn't expect the punches my muscles were relaxed, but didn't even hurt as bad. After the punch i just sit on the chair and that guy did the same think to me once again, i was in shock just sitting with open mouth. After a 3 months still hurts although under my ribs.

I've been reading arcticles about how to take a puch and almost everone say that you have to tighten abdominal muscels to protect vital organs. Well i did't, got punches in the ribs and felt much pain.

Do guys, during the fights always keep their abdominal muscles tigtened?

What i am concerned is that the ribs bent and internal organs got injured instead of ribs. I didn't go to doctor but i will. I suppose that lower ribs bent in case of punch.

Anyone can comment on this? I'm not a fighter, never fought in my life.
Well important to note is bone doesn't bend, its too rigid., It breaks. And you would know if it broke, you would have difficulty breathing and the pain would have been significant and wouldn't have ebbed at all, it would have gotten worse over time. As for damaging the organs. If he punched you and it torn open your spleen, you'd likely be dead or in the hospital. The spleen is very vascular (full of blood) and there is no such thing as an unconsequetial spleen bleed. Honestly, it sounds like a bruise to the bone or deep tissue in the muscles.

Note: I know this because I work for and Ambulance company, I am an EMT.



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yes sounds like a deep muscle injury. I had one of these in my thigh for months after getting kicked in the leg by another amateur mma fighter. the injury probably feels much deeper into your body than it really is. does any certain movement hurt? like stretching from one side to the other, front to back, or laying on your front?
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My first post. Hope some fighters can help me with problem that i have. Basically i was hit -out of the blue twice- in the lower left ribs in the spleen (it was an attack attack, bullying). And as i didn't expect the punches my muscles were relaxed, but didn't even hurt as bad. After the punch i just sit on the chair and that guy did the same think to me once again, i was in shock just sitting with open mouth. After a 3 months still hurts although under my ribs.

I've been reading arcticles about how to take a puch and almost everone say that you have to tighten abdominal muscels to protect vital organs. Well i did't, got punches in the ribs and felt much pain.

Like the other guy before said, just sounds like bruised/cracked ribs I had cracked ribs before myself and didn't realise til 2weeks later
when I went to the doctors and he told me but worth getting checked out mate.

Do guys, during the fights always keep their abdominal muscles tigtened?

What i am concerned is that the ribs bent and internal organs got injured instead of ribs. I didn't go to doctor but i will. I suppose that lower ribs bent in case of punch.

Anyone can comment on this? I'm not a fighter, never fought in my life.
Like the other guy before said, just sounds like bruised/cracked ribs, I had cracked ribs before and didn't realise until 2weeks later when I went to the doctors and he told me so definitly worth getting checked out mate. It's a shame how the cowards had to team up on you as well mate, sorry to hear that, had a bit of it when I was younger but lets just say Muay Thai and BJJ helped me out, funny how now those same guys kiss my ass,lol.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2010, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Well seems like i have bruised ribs or cartilage. I would know if i had broken or cracked i suppose.

The weird think is how is it possible that something like that can last for 4 monts and i do not see the ending.

The pain is the worst when i hang on the stick (when i stretch as much as i can my chest). Good thing is i am able to do puchups, situps and the pain doestn't get worse.

Sometimes i feel like i'm gonna have the pain to the end of my life, like it never goes away. Sad.

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Just to reiterate, it probably is just a bruised rib or some such. Bone bruising takes a few months to heal, three months being the average I think, and any irritation could drag that out longer.

If you had any internal bleeding or damage to your internal organs, you probably would have been dead in the first week. So I'd say you're clear of that by now.

To answer your other question, a fighter would not keep his abs tensed for the entire duration of the fight. He might flex them at the last second before being struck there, though.

Anyway, the pain definitely sucks. It'll pass eventually though. Just need to give it some time to heal up without redamaging it.
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