Boxer Spars with PTSD In This Week’s Comic

One strong young boxer finds himself fighting more than just his fellow fighter. Find out what happens when just running into someone can trigger such a vulnerable state-of-mind. In this week’s comic we look at the affects of post-traumatic stress.

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Gear Breakdown

PTSD – In the story above, the boxer suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the PubMed Health, which is a part of the US National Library of Medicine, PTSD may occur after a major traumatic event such as a natural disaster, war, prison stay, assault, domestic abuse, or rape. And they added, “The cause of PTSD is unknown, but psychological, genetic, physical, and social factors are involved. PTSD changes the body’s response to stress. It affects the stress hormones and chemicals that carry information between the nerves (neurotransmitters).”

Also, being reminded of the traumatic event can trigger a PTSD episode. Things that trigger it include stress, relevant images, smells or sounds. In the comic, the boxer saw the person who shot him, and, according to the storyteller, that was enough to trigger a breakdown.

For more examples of PTSD click here, here, and here.

Protective Boxing Equipment – When participating in any martial arts such as boxing or karate, it’s best to wear protective gear. Headgear protects, well, your head and the gloves protect both your hands and your head. Typically sparring gloves weigh about 16 ounces each.

The Guns

Right Hook – It’s when your elbow is bent so your arm forms a hook, and then you throw the punch so your body is behind it. For right-handed fighters, it’s known to be a power punch, but it’s difficult to use because one must be very close to throw it.  Also known as haymaker, knuckle sandwich, and bread and butter.

Jab – This is a straight punch with your lead or passive hand, and it is also the most versatile punch. Many fighters use it as a defensive, offensive, counter, or power punch.