# How much damage would a normal human take after being pushed through a wall like in the movies ?

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Whenever I see those kinds of fight where the characters pretend to be normal humans then just out of the blue while fighting, punches a wall bare fisted, or takes a sledgehammer bonk to the head like it’s nothing. I’m more curious about the classic “shove the dude through the wall” move, sometimes into goddamn concrete walls. What would the damages actually be for the three parties (third being the wall) if it’s even possible to start with in real life ?

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Your average concrete can handle 2500 psi of compressive strength. The strongest bones in the human body will break at about 1700 psi.

In short the wall will do way more damage to the human body than a human will do to a concrete wall. At the velocities that a human can shove another human into a wall the only damage to the wall will be; being splattered by human squishy bits.

Depends on the wall. Sheetrock resi walls are little more than gypsum dust between two sheets of paper and can very easily be punched through. Both layers if you don’t stop early enough. Somewhat less easily if they’re acoustic walls with double layer glued sheetrock, but still doable.

Don’t test this unless you’re demoing a partition wall and know where the studs are – those don’t yield and you’ll break your knuckles.

If you’re a movie baddie, you probably know how to throw a punch and you could absolutely deck Arnie if you caught him off balance.

Virtually impossible for a whole adult sized human to go through any wall that is framed to a reasonable western building code. Concrete has metal reinforcing in it. You’d have to hit it with a car at decent speed to go through. Even a timber framed plasterboard wall, sure, you’ll leave a massive dent, but you won’t go through… And it will hurt, a lot. Movie walls were a person gets thrown through a wall are absolutely faked up so that it is actually even possible, let alone possible without killing the actor/stuntperson.

I was in the Army, ~30 or so years ago, I saw the aftermath of a contractor was inflating a split rim tire without a cage.

The rim failed with a boom that seemed to shake the entire motor pool. It launched the dude into a block wall, cracking a few.

He was breathing for about 3 minutes or so, and looked somewhat misshapen. Then convulsed and died. I suspect that’s how long it took him to bleed out from internal injuries.

If he had gone through the wall, I’m sure he would have been dead instantly, and at best been a human~ish shaped blood pudding.

Since he was a civilian contractor, there wasn’t even a safety briefing about the accident or any mention of it. I lost all regard for the army that day.

I’ve also dove through a few drywall interior walls in my twenties. Much like breaking boards in karate, it only hurts if you fail to break it.

I imagine between drywall(no real injuries) and cement block walls(fucked), say plywood, there’s a strength of a wall that you could break through and survive while being only injured to some degree.