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Why throat punches are illegal

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  1. Kaiserjuan Green Belt

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    Someone posted about throat punches being illegal and why so. I've been working as a head and neck surgeon for the last 6-7 years and I would like to share my knowledge and experience with you.

    The reason why we do not get punched in the throat often is because we use our chin to protect it as a natural reflex. Try and imagine yourselves being punched in the throat, your natural reaction will be that of flexing your head and/or lift your shoulder if the punch is coming from the side.

    Now, the problem with blows to the throat, especially in a fight, is larynx trauma which can lead to swelling and haematoma, potentially causing an obstruction of the upper airway which is a life threatening emergency that requires intubation (if possible) or more often than not tracheostomy.

    Luckily enough you need a great amount of force to cause a major laryngeal fracture, so all things combined it is quite infrequent to see such injuries in the octagon.
     
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  3. BEATDOWNS Titanium Belt

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    You should be allowed to karate chop the throat tho imo
     
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  5. kambul White Belt

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    Ive been working as a trauma neuro nurse. Its probably bad to take those shots to the head and body and also to deprive the brain of blood when chokes happen. Just fyi.
     
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    do we really need a surgeon to tell us why throat punches are bad lol ?
     
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    There are some things that just don't require explanation like a knife to the belly is not a good thing or why a punch to the throat maybe considered a punch just too far.
     
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    I can just see it now, "Your winner by way of larynx trauma - LYOTO THE DRAGON MACHIDA!!"
     
  11. jeffb36 Green Belt

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    "The reason why we do not get punched in the throat often is because we use our chin to protect it as a natural reflex." The wording of this sentence confuses me. Silly me.

    I thought the reason why we don't want to get punched in the throat "often" (at all, really) is because it really fucking hurts.
     
  12. Crusty Nuts White Belt

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    I saw this on Game of Thrones. <Lmaoo><Lmaoo> Seems legit . Can we get an expert to break down why it's illegal? :p

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  13. An Uncertain Choice Green Belt

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    I took a soft knifehanded strike to the throat once, and it fucking sucked put me down for the count.
     
  14. mb23100 Steel Belt

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    Blue belt surgeon? I think ill listen to the black belt surgeons on here over you thank you very much
     
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    I've been back engeneering a UFO for the last 7 years. I work at a underground base in the middle of the desert. I get escorted everywhere by men with machine guns. I don't know why. I have the clearance badge...they are even there when I eat lunch. They never say anyting except where I can and can't go.
     
  16. ZekaPeka Orange Belt

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    Cuz imagine Cro Cop legkick you in the throat.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I got a larynx hematoma when I played minor league baseball. Had a 109mph line drive hit me in the throat. Lying there gasping for air on the mound in front of a couple thousand people is not the way you wanna go. Luckily it didn't block my airway too much, didn't get the icepick. :p
     
  19. baba2008 Magnus Eisengrim

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    This just in - physical trauma is bad for your health.
     
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    Low skill attack

    Nearly impossible to avoid

    Too much damage able to caused
     

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