soft ribs

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by carped33z, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. carped33z

    carped33z Guest

    i can poke myself in the ribs with my fingers move them inwards. when wrestling, whenever someone lays on me i lose all my wind immediately because of this.

    is there any way to stiffen my ribs or does it just come naturally over time? i am not experienced in grappling of any kind.

    i am 6' 195 lbs and i can squat 405 lbs, so dont respond with "you are teh weakzor." i do not believe this is a muscular problem so much as a problem with my ribs themselves.
     
  2. FutureBxer

    FutureBxer Brown Belt

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    hmm that sounds really odd man. youre ribs should be hard as rock. I mean the whole ribcage flexes in and out but not the bones themself. and if you are getting winded because your ribs are not supporting/protecting you're insides.. u should have that checked out.
     
  3. EPT

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    This sounds like a question that is going to be outside the expertise of sherdog posters and more like something you should be asking your doctor
     
  4. Soulfly

    Soulfly Guest

    Drink your milk.
     
  5. carped33z

    carped33z Guest

    i imagine i am pretty vulnerable to liver kicks as well.
     
  6. SmashiusClay

    SmashiusClay Avatar of Cyttorak

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    are'nt we all.

    I recommend repeatedly hitting yourself in the ribs with a baseball bat for half an hour every day, this will make your ribs incredibly hard.

    Or you could go and get yourself checked by a doctor, hmmm... decisions decisions.
     
  7. knoxpk

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    soft ribs mmmmmmmmmmm....i like em slow cooked so they dont come out to tough.
    Any good restaraunts out there with nice soft ribs? Prefer the Tampa Area
     
  8. carped33z

    carped33z Guest

    doctors never know shit about peak performance. a doc would tell me i am of above average health and athleticism and that my human function isnt inhibited. hes not going to be able to help me. its not like i was run over by a truck and now my ribs are soft.
     
  9. Dean Hamilton

    Dean Hamilton Amateur Fighter

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    I would suggest taking vitamin D and getting a lot of calcium. And I would go see a bone specialist.
     
  10. TheVandalz

    TheVandalz The Mighty Menehune

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    I wuoldn't think too much of it. If I am understanding you correctly, you have 100% normal ribs. You can push them in with your fingers, but when you tense up (or flex your m uscles) they will stiffen up. What you need to work on is your breathing. Every breath moves your rib cage in and out, when you strengthen your conditioning you'll notice a huge improvement on getting winded when someone is on top of you.

    I would suggest running, and not breathing through your mouth at all. Run a few miles a day if you can stomach it. Never breath through your mouth. After even only a few months you'll see significant improvements.

    Do you already run? If you do, then you need to pay extra attention to not breath through your mouth, it only encourages bad breathing habits that will get you winded in no time at all in a grappling bout.
     
  11. carped33z

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    my conditioning is very poor. i am mostly fast twitch and i also have a weak heart. the combination is that i have awful endurance.

    however the squeezing and pressurizing of my head is the same whether i am fresh or gassed. when someone is laying on me it feels like im dying. i dont know how to explain it any other way.

    i am also claustrophobic and prone to panicking when i feel crushed or restrained so perhaps the panic is why i cant seem to breathe.
     
  12. thecas

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    can u explain to me why breathing thru the mouth is bad?
     
  13. gracie_barra**

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    I think its not so much as your bone is weak, but rather the tendons that connect the ribs within the cage are weak. Regardless, talk to your doctor.
     
  14. gracie_barra**

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    Breathing thru the nose is better because (especially here in Canada) when you breathe in cold air, it can ice up inside your windpipe. Thus making breathing very painful. ANother reason is that by breathing in thru the nose it is far easier to control your rhythum.
     
  15. batman69

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    man the way you describe it, it well, freaks me out a little. i had a dislocated rib last year. a year as of sunday. that sucked so bad that every once in a while i will have a dream where my rib pops out again and i wake up freaking out. as for your deal, is it the individual ribs that press in or is the whole ribcage that pushes in. does it fell like your flattening? or do you just feel like your core is giving a little due to the weight on you?

    if you feel like your body is just getting completely crushed and the cartilage is giving out, that is a crazy problem that a doctor or chiro needs to be aware of. if it's just a mtter of you not being comfortable with the weight of someone pressing in on your core. that's a matter of way more core work and getting used to having someone putting their weight on you, i think. take it slow and don't take nay crazy risks.
     

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