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Associated Health Risks with Boxing

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Quite a lot of juvenile and adult health problems are caused by injuries. Sports, although it’s highly recommended and provides a huge amount of health benefits, is also an important source of injuries. Most of these health problems occur in contact sports such as boxing, fighting, wrestling but also in football, rugby, or handball. As Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz prepare themselves for the WBC Welterweight Championship at the MGM in Las Vegas on the 17th of September 2011, it is a good time to look at all the potential health risks associated with boxing.

Boxing is seen by many health professionals as a sport that puts the health of its athletes at an unnecessary risk. During a boxing match, blows to the body and head are the main objective. Of course, a boxer is physically trained to be able to withstand those blows better than a regular person, but the risk of injury is still very high.

The most common injuries during boxing matches are, of course, cuts and bruises. Many boxers will require stitches after a match. A second common injury is relating to the eye. Boxing injuries to the eye frequently lead to blindness, which is a serious health concern.

Head injuries are, naturally, also very common amongst boxers. MRI scans have shown that 80% of boxers have suffered some form of brain damage. With any injury to the brain, being able to continue to function as a regular human being is hit and miss, demonstrating the seriousness of potential brain injuries.

A further issue with injuries sustained through boxing is that many of these injuries cause slow degeneration of the body. This means that injuries sustained during a certain match may not become a problem until many years later. This is also because much damage is done to nerve tissue. The problem with this is that boxers often feel almost invincible, as their injuries have not appeared to have caused any immediate damage. Unfortunately, it isn’t until it is too late that the true nature of the injuries becomes apparent, and boxers find themselves disabled.

It is really not surprising, hence, that medical professionals refuse to see boxing as anything other than torture, let alone an actual sport. It’s very important to practice a sport and remain healthy. That’s why we advise you to carefully pick the sport that you want to practice and to follow all recommended safety measures.

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  • Martin September 27, 2011, 4:01 pm

    I boxed for thirteen years. as a kid and young adult i thought my injuries were something i would over come. I slowly started to realize that the injuries were not healing but only getting worse, due to repetitive damage in the ring. Now i live with hand,shoulder,neck and knee issues. I also have a deviated septum and jaw problems and many scars and busted teeth. Now im starting to wonder if the tremors in my hands are something more serious than just muscle spasms. This article is true in so many ways. Boxing is something not to be taken lightly and can be very disableing later in life.

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