Things that are awesomeness

January 26, 2010

After last blog where I revealed the earth shattering revelation that getting your head hit was not great for you I think its time for a change in tact. The concussion blog made for quite somber reading and was only brightened up in the end by Maisuimi Max’s arse (bet someone gets my blog googling that).

Several awesome things that have been experienced this week  include:

Ninja Assassin

Holy shitting fuck was I excited about this one, eating an entire pick and mix full of red e numbers probably added to my pant wetting euphoria.

Now I am somewhat prone to exaggeration but this is probably the best film ever. If there are two things I like its ninjas and assassination. If I was too add a third it would be trying to inter space a story between random acts of violence in a film called Ninja Assassin it was funny.

The Goods

I, like everyone who has seen Entourage, wish that Jeremy Piven was my Dad. He plays a a car salesman in a film where Will Ferrell goes parachuting dressed as John Wilks Booth without a parachute but with a handy array of sex toys at his disposal.

In a film riddled with great quotes here some of the keepers,

Don Ready: You give away free hot dogs, you blow up an inflatable gorilla, shit’s gonna go down!

Don Ready: I’m sorry. I apologize. I’m… I’m a Christian man or whatever religion dominates the region I’m selling in, but you have to admit it did sound like she was talking about the big va-jay-jay, right?

Teddy Dang: Ahhhh, it feels like a Smurf jizzed all over my face!

And other wonderfulness like the Hate crime scene and DJ Request.

Probably the best movie in the entire world.

Hadouken!

I am listening to their for the masses album as I am writing this (as a break from the tax return). It was one of those impulse buys I make on iTunes when I randomly buy something to see what the cool kids are listening too. So far so good though.

Turn the lights out and Mic Check are bad ass.

Kobe Beef

I got to experience this in a Glasgow restaurant yesterday and……

Now animal rights campaigners might disagree but I think that a life where you get boozed on Sapporo everyday, receive massages from supposedly superior being and get to think deep thought before being killed and eaten sounds kinda alright to me. I’m looking for a job description like that.

My boy Voltaire dropped this knowledge bomb which I feel is apt

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
Voltaire
French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 – 1778)

It is freaking nice though, best steak I have had thus far and I love eating cooked dead animal flesh.

Voltaire

I have been reading a biography on him the dudes a pimp.

“God is always on the side of the big battalions.”
“History is a pack of lies we play on the dead.”
“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”
and this one is fun
“A witty saying proves nothing.”
As I have hemorrhaged man points all over the place by reading about a philosopher (admittedly one who gets in fights, gets involved and makes shit get real) ill leave you with some blog chick.


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Who would have thought?

The evidence seems to indicate that getting your bell rung or being lit up a bit could be worse for you than you might think. MMA is an aggressive sport, where toughness is held in the highest record. An athlete can be a total dunger skill wise but if he is tough he/she will be respected to a degree.

With our fight team guys  we have an environment where weakness is not tolerated. Those who sit out rounds of sparring are encouraged to “man the fuck up”. Those complaining or bring in a negative attitude are usually ridiculed and injuries need to be pretty serious before anyone takes notice.

Note: the above description is what the pro fighters get to experience. We are much more friendly and helpful to everyone else.

This environment has bred the countries top fighters in pretty much every weight class. Sparring in this environment can be intense, physically demanding and really freaking sore. In the past we have had guys getting dropped, KOed and dazed. This is never the aim of the sparring but has occured as a consequence of this environment. I am sure we have had concussions in the past and I am increasingly concerned for what the long term effects could be

Check ou theses stories for some scary stuff

‘I don’t want anyone to end up like me’

Plagued by post-concussion syndrome and battling an amphetamine addiction, former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson is a shell of his former self

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Head Games

Having read Christopher Nowinski’s book about the concussion crisis in American Football, Head Games, I started to think about the long term effects of getting regularly punched in the face.

The books premise was that concussions are bad news. Multiple concussions are really bad and getting concussed while having symptoms of a previous concussion is really freaking unhelpful.

Using anecdotal evidence and autopsy reports we start to see why so many Boxers, American footballers etc are changed by their careers. The suggested effects range from memory impairment to personality disorders from migraines to depression and oh yeah being dead.

Muhammad Ali has Parkinsons Disease and he was freaking awesome, spare a thought for all the other guys on the lower rungs who had to fight the best facial punchers in the world.

What is a Concussion?

If I where to ask any of the guys at my gym if they had ever been concussed I dont think I would find 10 guys saying yes. If I asked the same people how many of you have been “KOed”, “dropped”, “Rattled” or “sparked” the number may be higher.

The problem is in the defination and diagnosis. Unless there is a loss of consciousness or memory loss a concussion is hard to spot.

Symptoms

A concussion results from a significant blow to the head. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. They can include:

  • Headache
  • Memory loss (amnesia) of events surrounding the injury
  • Loss of conciousness
  • Sensation of being Stunned
  • Wooziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Unsteadiness
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Lethargy
  • Personality change
  • Convulsions
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Muscle weakness on one or both sides
  • Persistent confusion
  • Persistent unconsciousness (coma)
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Unequal pupils
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Walking problems

If any of this has occured after taking head shots chances are that you may be dealing with a concussion.

So What Can you do?

For a start coaches need to take this more seriously. Fight Teams revel in the fact that there training is full of carnage but we are dealing with brain injury here and that fact should be respected.

Coaches need to be watching for the signs and symptoms outlined above. They also have to be aware of the fact that fighters are stupid as shit and lie all the time.

Coach: you ok?

Fighter: Im fine coach

Coach: are you sure.

Fighter: Im fine I just slipped let me finish the round.

Coach: You know you have been out for 10 minutes?

Fighter: uhm…….no is wasnt!

It is up to the coach to outline the importance of concussion management, they must emphasise that a concussion means that you are injured and not just hurt.

Athletes also need to be on the look out for each other. If one of your team mates cant remember your name or his own name you might want to bring it to the attention of someone in charge.

Sparring

No matter what you think for the most part professional fight teams do not encourage their fighters to kill each other. Our policy is to never go beyond 80% even in the depths of a fight camp.

Beyond 80% intensity you are

  1. more likely to hurt a training partner
  2. more likely to get hurt
  3. more likely to gas out
  4. more likely to be shit.

This goes with fights as well when you try to hit a guy as hard as you can you tense up, get slow and burn yourself out. Our corner teams have a number of phrases and strategies for keeping our fighters from spazzing out “think about hitting fast not hard” etc. This 80% value keeps you safe and sharp and gives you a safe way to prepare relistically for competition.

Outwith fight camps, I like to keep the majority of sparring light (sort of) and technical. Our Thai team has had great results with their “kick sparring” drills, this involves dicking around with new techniques and strategies  versus kicks. The coaches outline this is  a technical drill in the spirit of mutually improvement and it has been paying of in competition.

So what to do when a Concussion occurs?

Once a concussion is diagnosed by a medical professional the best form of recovery is rest. The symptoms tend to disappear with time. One of the golden rules is do not let some one who is still experiencing symptoms to return to training.

Robert Cantu, MD, chief of neurosurgery service, chairman of the department of surgery, and director of sports medicine service at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA, who has been a pioneer in developing concussion grading criteria and return-to-play guidelines following concussion.

Cantu states that athletes with mild (no LOC; post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) or symptoms lasting less than 30 minutes) or moderate (LOC less than one minute, PTA or symptoms between 30 minutes and 24 hours) first-episode concussions be asymptomatic for one week before returning to play. Those with severe concussions (LOC of more than one minute or PTA for more than 24 hours; symptoms lasting longer than seven days) should wait at least one month before returning to play, according to Cantu, and then only if they have been asymptomatic for one week. Cantu’s guidelines are stricter for repeat concussions, recommending termination of the season following a second severe concussion or a third mild or moderate concussion.

To find out more on this check out http://www.chrisnowinski.com/

This has been some heavy shit thanks for tagging along.