How to deal with a boxing head injury depends on the type and severity of injury sustained. A minor cut, for example, would require nothing more than cleaning of the wound and perhaps a couple of stitches. A concussion may necessitate a boxing match to be stopped and the affected boxer getting some rest. A serious traumatic brain injury would require the injured party to be hospitalised and adequately treated immediately.
Diagnosing a boxing head injury
Determining the severity of a boxing head injury and administering the necessary treatment as quickly as possible is imperative, preventing boxers developing debilitating long-term conditions or perhaps even dying as a result of their injury. For this reason, it is compulsory for a team of doctors capable of diagnosing an injury’s severity to be present at all boxing matches. Tests assisting in the diagnostics of potential injuries include testing boxers for eye-opening, verbal and motor reactions to specific stimuli.
Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury
One of the conditions suffered by many boxers is known as CTBI or Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury, often referred to as punch drunk syndrome, dementia pugilistica or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This condition can be caused by the cumulative effects of repetitive blows to the brain (concussive and sub-concussive). Over the course of a boxer’s career, this can manifest itself with symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease. If a boxer sustains a concussion during a contest and the concussion is not diagnosed, subsequent blows to the head may also result in this condition.
As a spectator, you may also sustain a boxing head injury because of a boxing venue accident like a slip or trip or an outbreak of violence among an unruly crowd. Here, too, immediate attention by ringside medics is imperative to prevent potentially serious consequences.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have suffered a boxing-related head injury for which someone else was responsible, you could qualify for a personal injury claim. Learn more about when and how to claim for compensation by contacting our experienced team of helpline advisors. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or, if calling from a mobile: 0333 500 0993 as soon after the incident occurred as possible. You can also request a call back by texting ‘claim365’ to 88010. All calls are strictly confidential and obligation-free. Subsequent claims dealt with by our in-house team of solicitors will be handled on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice