Youtube Video of the Month – The Liver Shot

Your liver is located on the right side of the body, below the diaphragm and overlying the gallbladder.

It’s the largest and heaviest internal organ in the human body, responsible for many important functions including detoxification, protein synthesis, nutrient storage, and more. It’s one of the most vital organs in the body.

Question: What happens when someone punches you in the liver?

A well-placed shot to the liver (even one that’s not particularly hard) can put you in excruciating pain. If you’ve yet to experience this sensation in your life, you can consider yourself fortunate! A blow to the liver will likely leave you breathless and incapacitated. Your body simply shuts down.

So why does this happen? Why is your liver so vulnerable?

In this video, we go over: – boxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) examples, with fights involving Mitchell Smith, Gennady Golovkin, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Dennis Siver, Donald Cowboy Cerrone, Ronda Rousey & Conor McGregor (Pro boxers & UFC fighters). – a comparison between liver shots and headshots. Both devastating, yet having very different effects on the body.

A 2013 study on blunt liver injuries. It doesn’t take much to rupture a liver… – a physiological breakdown of what actually happens when the liver is impacted, and why your body shuts down. (We talk about the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the vagus nerve, blood vessel dilation, heart rate and blood pressure). – if this involuntary reaction is unique to the liver.

Can this also happen to other internal organs? For more Human Anatomy video tutorials, interactive quizzes, articles and an atlas of Human Anatomy, go to !


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