Winded (Solar Plexus Syndrome)
Being 'winded' refers to what happens when you are subjected to a sudden forceful impact to the abdomen. This causes difficulty breathing and is often described as 'having the wind knocked out of you'
Symptoms of Being Winded
- Sudden blow to the stomach or fall onto the back.
- Difficulty breathing, especially deeply.
What Happens When You Get Winded?
Specifically, a blow to this area which resulting in winding, causes compression of the nerves behind the stomach - the solar plexus. This causes the diaphragm to contract and go into spasm, which makes it difficult to breathe in and out properly. Once the diaphragm relaxes, breathing becomes easier.
Being winded is most common in contact sports such as Rugby and may also happen in ball sports such as soccer or where the athlete falls to the floor such as in martial arts.