One of the toughest and bloodiest sport of present time, Wrestling takes a toll on the wrestler both mentally and physically. Wrestlers are made of steel, they are prepared to shed blood in the ring, to take blows to their body, to put their lives at risk. It takes balls to take punches to your face and body and they have exactly got that.

Wrestling takes a toll on their body and in case you have ever noticed, most of the wrestlers have odd ball ‘round and puffy ears’ which are called ‘cauliflower ear’.

Due to the combative nature of the sport, their ears get crushed and and is bent out of shape again and again. Over time, blood clots on the external part of the ear and gives it a cauliflower shape.

This condition becomes irreversible after 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 causing disfigurement of ear.

The condition becomes irreversible if it is left untreated for considerable amount of time.


The only precautionary measure the wrestlers can take is to wear a head gear called the ‘scrum cap’ which prevents a wrestler’s ears from getting into direct contact and giving them a extra layer of protection.