To some jiujiteiros having “cauliflower ear,” or in more scientific terms, a perichondrial hematoma, can be a badge of honor, but to others it can be their worst nightmare. Here are a few tips to help you avoid “cauliflower ear,” and what to do in the case you have one.
What is “Cauliflower Ear?”
The mangled cartilage that makes your earlobe resemble a cauliflower occurs with repeated trauma or inflammation and is caused when the blood supply to the skin is disrupted and forms a large pocket or hematoma. “As the injury to the ear heals it can shrivel up and fold in on itself and appear pale, giving it a cauliflower-like appearance, hence the term cauliflower ear.” says, John P. Cunha, a doctor of osteopathic medicine.
How To Avoid It?
Coach Firas Zahabi has been training BJJ for over 20 years. Here is how he avoids cauliflower ears: