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“You go out; your hands go up.”

The fencing response is an unnatural position of the arms following a concussion. Immediately after moderate forces have been applied to the brainstem, the forearms are held flexed or extended (typically into the air) for a period lasting up to several seconds after the impact. The Fencing Response is often observed during athletic competition involving contact, such as football, hockey, rugby, boxing and martial arts. It is used as an overt indicator of injury force magnitude and midbrain localization to aid in injury identification and classification for events including, but not limited to, on-field and/or bystander observations of sports-related head injuries.

I knew there had to be a technical term for “Austin Collie arms”. It’s crazy that all of these dudes react in the same way — such a weird human response to getting fucked up. I guess it’s better than our bodies automatically shitting themselves or something. Nobody wants to lift your lifeless body off the field with dookie dripping down your shorts.

Anyway, now you know. “The Fencing Response.” I hope to hear every one of you encourage your children at some point to “Fencing Response that little bastard on the other team.” Damn, I can’t wait to have kids so I can coach ‘em.