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When force is applied to the abdominal area . . .

  1. Feb 10, 2006 #1
    . . . what happens?

    From my admittedly limited knowledge of boxing -- perhaps applicable because of its nickname, the "sweet science" -- I know that impact to the stomach constricts the organs somewhat and makes it harder to breathe. But why? Is the body trying to lessen damage to the vitals by tightening? Does the impact simply force the air out upwards? Or are the lungs actually damaged somehow?

    This is just out of curiosity, so no rush. Sorry if it's a stupid question. ^^;; I'm particularly interested in why the effect is greater with impact to the solar plexus, as well.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2006
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  3. Feb 13, 2006 #2


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    Having the wind knocked out of you!! :surprised

    A quick websearch yields this explanation.
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    I don't like getting punched in the stomach. It's unpleasant.
  5. Feb 14, 2006 #4
    Ohh. I see.

    Thanks a lot, Quabache! I didn't catch that anywhere on a normal search for some reason. :\

    And yes, MK. I wholeheartedly agree. Funny story about that, actually . . . but maybe another time. :P
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