Amateur boxing brain damage
A large body of evidence already shows that pro boxers run the risk of dementia pugilistica, said Henrik Zetterberg, M. However, "to our knowledge, no study has examined the short-term effects of amateur boxing on the brain in direct connection to a bout," Dr. Zetterberg and colleagues said in the September issue of the Archives of Neurology. Some have argued that amateur boxers suffer less repetitive head trauma, making them less at risk for the syndrome. Amateur bouts are shorter than professional fights, and the amateurs must wear protective headgear, the researchers noted.
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Amateur Boxing and Brain Damage?
Amateur Boxers at Risk of Brain Damage Despite Headgear | MedPage Today
By becoming a member of the AAN, you can receive exclusive information to help you at every stage of your career. Benefits include:. Join Now See All Benefits. Thank you for your patience. For the study, researchers used lumbar puncture to determine if there were elevated levels of biochemical markers for brain injury in the cerebrospinal fluid CSF of 14 amateur boxers. Boxers were tested after a fight and then again three months after rest from boxing.
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Does amateur boxing lead to chronic brain damage? A review of some recent investigations
Fifty former amateur boxers were examined and compared with two control groups of soccer players and track and field athletes. All subjects were interviewed regarding their sports career, medical history, and social variables. They underwent a physical and a neurologic examination.
Individual cerebrospinal fluid biomarker values in boxers after a bout and after a period of rest from boxing. Cerebrospinal fluid levels of the neuronal and astroglial markers neurofilament light protein A , total tau B , and glial fibrillary acidic protein C after a bout are related to the number of hits to the head. Each boxer underwent lumbar puncture twice, 7 to10 days after a bout and after 3 months of rest from boxing.
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