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Brittle Bones: Can You Prevent A Break?

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In a recent study done at the University Of Eastern Finland, they linked vertebral fractures and solid organ transplants to the increased risk of breaking a bone due to a loss of bone density. So if you’ve had a rough child hood it may just be the answer to why your bones break so easily. In patients who had vertebral fractures there were changes in the bone composition such as, lower carbonate-phosphate ratio and collagen maturity- which could explain the increased risk of bone breakage. In children who had liver, kidney, heart, or any other solid organ, transplants; it can be explained that the change in the bone micro-architecture is more important as an indicator of the danger of fracture risk than lowered bone mineral density alone. Histomorphometry is a microscopic method that provides information about bone metabolism and remodeling and is incredibly useful in keeping you informed of how your bones are doing. Nobody wants to throw a punch at a bag and break their hand.

So how does all of this translate? Well, if you’ve been injured or sick as a kid (vertebral injuries and organ transplants) or have some form of Osteoporosis then you should definitely go get your bones checked out. Training in MMA is very rewarding both mentally and physically, and although it may be centered around fighting which invites the possibility of broken bones, one should always be as safe as possible to prevent injury. Save the broken bones for the Octagon fellas.

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Sean Culver
Sean’s fascination with Martial Arts began when he was a child going to karate classes in a gym at a local school in Lake Forest, CA. Although his training was cut short, his passion was not. Over the years he became active in competitive wrestling where he took first place in almost all tournaments he competed in. Upon graduating High School Sean felt a higher calling to serve in the military, more specifically, the Army Airborne Infantry. During his time in service he trained in Modern Army Combatives, which is based largely on Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, as well as extensive training on military weapons and tactics. Due to his mental and physical prowess he was sent to intensive training for hand to hand combat tactics where he honed his skills for combat in full battle attire. Having done over two years of combat time in Afghanistan, Sean can bring to light a new side of fighting and tactics that he has not only experienced first hand, but has employed while being in direct contact with the enemy. In addition to Modern Army Combatives, Sean has also trained in Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wing Chun. With as much as Sean loves the Martial Arts, it was only natural that competitive fighting and MMA would draw him into its world of high class fighters.