Pugilistic Sports and Concussions

Dementia Pugilistica, otherwise know as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, has its roots in the Sport of Kings, boxing.  Given that this sport and its derivatives; MMA, UFC, etc., goal is to inflict brain trauma there is surprisingly less heard about their dealings with concussions.  There could be a lot of reasons why this may be; expected, inherent work condition, informed consent, less watched, or their general dealings with head trauma.

Quietly, these sports and their sanctioning bodies have instituted some of the more strict rules when recovering from a knock out, or concussion.  Generally each state and province sanctioning body has a “medical suspension” induced on a fighter that is KO’ed or even shows signs of a concussion, most are 30 days.  Although specific wording in each groups medical suspension varies, the base of it provides that a fighter CANNOT fight for 30 days after the incident.  Less commonly known is that this also includes sparring and training; however this clause is not in most rules, it is inferred.  That is unless you are the UFC.

As highlighted by Morgan Campbell of TheStar.com the UFC has a policy in place, as explained by UFC Canada President Tom Wright; Continue reading

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CTE Found as Contributing Factor

Another post on Owen Thomas and what researchers have found. 

As we discussed previously chronic traumatic encephalopathy was found by Ann McKee at Boston University.  This case is EXTREMELY unique on many levels.  First, Thomas was the first college aged individual to show CTE, secondly he was never diagnosed with a concussion.  However, being a lineman in football he was exposed to thousands of head hits throughout his career.

Here is a video with his mother and the full story found at bu.edu;

This particular topic of concussions will be more on the “front burner” as time goes on.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

CTE or Dementia Pugilistica is becoming more and more prevalent as we dive deeper in the realm of concussions.

We ran a story about a mother looking for changes in football after her son’s suicide.  That death was as a result of CTE as found by researchers at Boston University.

CNN.com ran a story on Wednesday about this individual and CTE.