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Before MMA hopped onto the scene, people feared the largest man in the room. Perhaps they felt the sheer size of the man warranted the assumption that the largest was therefore the most lethal. Today’s astute fight fan has changed this mentality, and no longer should you fear the largest man, but rather, you should fear the man with the most messed up ears. What is still consider grotesque in most circles, is often worn as a badge of pride by many wrestlers, mixed martial artists, jiu jitsu practitioners and boxers. It is often assumed a fighter with ruined ears has shown longevity in their given sport. And while some fighters seem more vulnerable than others (similar to how some people are riddle with cavities, while others have never had one) the method by which we fall victim to cauliflower ear is always the same.
At some point over the course of history our great ancestors learned to stand upright, why we stopped doing that is cause for alarm. Lucky for you, it doesn’t have to be this way. For this reason, I challenge you to read the rest of this article with good posture. That means 90 degrees at your hip, 90 degrees at your knees, with a neutral spine and neck. As athletes and CrossFit gurus, we put a heavy emphasis on neutral spine during our lifts, but as soon as we hit the seat of our car to drive home we abandon these principles, and hunch over. All of us have the flexibility, strength (deep down) and endurance to sit upright, but we need to put added awareness into maintaining this posture throughout our day-to-day activities.
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