Wrestlers are made of steel. In fact, that is kind of true for athletes from almost every discipline of combat sports. It takes balls to take punches to your face and get thrown around like rag dolls. Either you are love combat sports or you just stay away. It’s not a recreational Zumba class.
It is blood and guts. In case you have ever wondered why wrestlers have odd ball ‘round and puffy ears’, here’s the answer to that.
This particular disfigurement of the ear is called ‘Cauliflower ear’
Professional wrestlers (and Rugby players), who have served their time on the mat, have it. Due to the combative nature of the sport, a wrestler’s ear is crushed and bent out of shape again and again. Over time, this adds up and the external part of the ear develops a blood clot. Once this happens, this condition is irreversible. The clotted blood separates the cartilage from the overlying perichondrium that supplies its nutrients, causing it to die and resulting in the formation of fibrous tissue in the overlying skin and hence, disfigured ears happen. This internal bleeding is called hematoma auris, perichondrial hematoma, or traumatic auricular hematoma.
What Precautions Do They Take?
To prevent this, wrestlers and other combat athletes wear a head gear called the ‘scrum cap’. It’s also very prevalent in the Ruby circuit.
Can It Be Treated?
While the condition is irreversible when left untreated for a long time, if the blood is regularly drained, it isn;t as bad. Everything from antibiotics, to bandages and even hand pressure, is applied. In a nutshell, this condition cannot be reversed. Now you know if you ever see a dude with cauliflower ears, don’t fuck with him!