Punch & throw derived whiplash from fighting
by Jason Armstrong, Ph.D.
The below is a subsection taken from the book: Karate technique selection & Street Fighting Statistics & Medical Outcomes
Event report: Whiplash Symposium organized by UQ Medical & Research Schools
April 2009 report by Dr. Jason Armstrong, 6th Dan, Shihan
I have suffered "whiplash" symptoms a few times over the years in my martial arts training both from impact (punch) and via throws. There is no doubt practitioners of martial arts have a risk of whiplash as a personal injury (some legal stats support this) and it can be similar in nature to those who suffer whiplash in car accidents. I therefore decided to write this report on the medical panel discussion I attended recently.
The panel of whiplash experts included representatives from orthopedic surgery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, and art therapy, and they discussed the challenges of managing chronic whiplash disorders and optimizing quality of life. The event was presented by University of Queensland and the Spinal Pain, Injury & Health Research Centre and the Spine Society of Australia.
The moderator, Dr. David Buchanan, had experienced whiplash himself, and chaired the event and panel members through a case study of what happens from the point of injury onwards (using a car crash as the example).
Below are the bullets of some of the panel comments:
For more detail around fighting injuries see: Karate technique selection & Street Fighting Statistics & Medical Outcomes
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