Over the term of their career, boxers can repeatedly sustain boxing concussions. In the long term, this can lead to boxers developing a serious, debilitating condition known as Chronic Traumatic Brain injury, or CTBI.
Also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, dementia pugilistica or punch drunk syndrome, Chronic Traumatic Brain injury affects an individual’s psychosocial, cognitive and physical functions. CTBI is usually associated with an altered or diminished state of consciousness. Presenting symptoms like those of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic Traumatic Brain injury is an accumulation of the effects of repetitively receiving sub-concussive and/or concussive blows to a boxer’s head. Continuing to box after sustaining boxing concussions may speed up the process of developing this debilitating condition.
Chronic Traumatic Brain injury cannot be cured, so prevention is imperative. The main way to prevent boxers developing CTBI is to ensure they are immediately treated and fights are stopped as soon as a concussion is suspected. Signs indicating possible boxing concussions include:
- Loss (even briefly) of consciousness
- Headaches of increasing severity
- Nausea and vomiting
- One pupil appearing larger
- Decreased coordination, numbness or weakness
- Slurred speech, slow answering of questions
- Increasing agitation, confusion or restlessness and other unusual behaviour
- Inability to recognise places or people
- Seizures or convulsions
- Inability to recall events
If a boxer displays any one or a combination of these symptoms, the contest should be stopped immediately. Treatment that is suitable should then be administered as quickly as possible to minimise lasting effects.
Untreated boxing concussions
British Boxing Board of Control rules means all contests must be attended by suitably trained ringside medics. If this rule is broken or if medics fail to stop a match after you suffered a concussion and you subsequently develop CTBI, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice