Throat Strike: When You Crush the Windpipe

Throat Strike is Killer - Keep Your Apples Protected at All Costs!
By Josef Prochazka
2010-

Hitting someone's throat during the fight is quite a lottery. You may either dispose of your assailant quickly and effectively without making much noise and melodrama ...or you can kill him.

One easy and quick strike can put you from streets to jail, or to hospital ...maybe graveyard. SO KEEP YOUR THROAT WELL PROTECTED!

When somebody becomes a victim to the throat strike, they are being hit to the larynx part of the neck. One of the big larynx advantages is its elastic character and will to jink to the pressure made on it.

The only bone in the larynx system is the hyoid bone, supporting it on the top. This bone is usually hard to break by blow (like throat strike) because of its well protected position guarded by the jaw and cervical vertebrae.

However, broken hyoid bone is one of the strangulation indicators (strong or fatal choke holds and head locks).


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Most common strike landing zones on larynx (throat) are the thyroid cartilage and the cricoid cartilage.

The thyroid cartilage is the biggest cartilage of the larynx, shielding its internal parts. On the upper middle part of the thyroid cartilage is a curvature, shaped in a little notch, which we all know as the Adam’s apple.

Under thyroid cartilage, linked by the cricothyroid joint, is the cricoid cartilage which is the only circular pillar of the larynx.

The whole larynx is a little pack of cartilage, cords, joints and muscles bound to each other so if it takes and sustains the hit, its elastic nature will slowly bring it back to its original place.


Crushed, disrupted, fractured larynx cartilage

Even though it is not very usual to crush the larynx cartilage with a strike, no one can actually predict, when it breaks. The older we get, the more ossified the cartilage becomes and the more vulnerable it is.

There is a warning for you. If you are fighting older person (anything can happen) have in mind that hit in the throat can have greater impact than if you were fighting a younger one.


Dislocated larynx (throat)

Although it is not easy to break the cartilage, the whole larynx thing is connected to the rest of the neck only with elastic cords and joints.

A strong hit can then result in acute anatomic damage to the larynx.

When the throat is hit under the cricoid cartilage during head backswept and the neck hyperextended, there is a big danger of larynx separation from the trachea (larynx dislocation).


Throat is a Damage-Sensitive Place
Throat is a damage-sensitive place. Be sure to have it protected!

If you happen to have your throat hit or somehow injured, don’t hesitate and go see your doctor immediately. For effective treatment, your throat must be examined within 24 hours (48 hours latest).

Each injury may result in creating hematoma or cartilage fracture, which are acute kinds of damage, possibly threatening your airway clearness and voice creation and require immediate professional treatment!



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