Concussions in Boxing and Other Contact Sports

Concussions in Boxing and Other Contact Sports



Jose Sulaiman I think it just had his 80th birthday and there are different Commission's in boxing and the one the only one that we've worked with us from the World Boxing Council and that was and he was out of Mexico and there was a close tie between him and UCLA through was called a spar program and it was trying to figure out for the forth repeated program and how to redesign gloves to protect hands and bones and those types of things and so what we did is we went in and I gave several lectures along with Don Becker and a couple of other people on clinically how you recognize the concussion what are the are the attributes and how could you reduce the level of severe or repeat concussions and boxing and things like weigh-ins so people would you know star themselves to weigh in for a fight in order to make a particular category well they would they would do that 24 hours before the fight we said you know you do that you you're creating you're setting yourself up for a problem you know do the weigh-in earlier increase the weight of the boxing gloves from 14 ounces the 16 to maybe 18 ounces take the thumb of the boxing glove and stitch it down so it doesn't it how the boxing would love go all the way up to the forearm so it's a little heavier have the referee be able to call a fight much sooner before you have a technical knockout and then after somebody has a technical knockout or they think if they fought in a ring and they've got their bell rung how many times are those blows the head actually produce a concussion we used to think that every blow did but it doesn't it's very very few and then how long should they not fight again and the biggest problem was to keep these fighters out from sparring it wasn't the fact of their next bout for a top excuse me a title fight but it was when they were going to spar next and we had to tell them no you have to stop you cannot spar for text number week so in that trickle-down over to the National Football League and then it trickled over to the National Hockey League and then there was a big big story that came out people were worried about heading the soccer ball producing the confession and we had to have a panel in Washington DC and developed a white paper saying I'm sorry it's just that does not cause some question heading the ball does not do that head to head or head to ground had the goalpost does not had not that ball if you get hit fifty times and each time you get hit your brain goes into a state of a cerebral concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury you have the devastating outcomes but you have to have the symptoms at the end the physiology of concussion to be actually to do that it's like the data that was acquired in boxing many years ago every blow to the head although they can be glancing and they may look violent they don't they don't produce a concussion there's about 10% of the blows in a boxing match can't have the capability of producing a concussion and most of those are were occurring in the fifteenth and fourteenth and 13th round that's why the World Boxing Council we we had to stop at twelve so they don't fighting one of twelve rounds

One Reply to “Concussions in Boxing and Other Contact Sports”

  1. Can punching a heavy bag contribute to concussions?
    The reason I ask is because a year ago I got a concussion, after hitting the bag though, I felt it in my brain. Can the shock from the punch, traveling up the spine damage the brain?

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