The Fight of the Century, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, was significant on many levels. With record breaking amounts of money involved, an undefeated record at stake, and the pompous attitude of “Money Mayweather,” it is no wonder this fight will go down in history. However, it is also significant in that it happened during a time when traumatic brain injury is becoming a bigger and bigger issue in sports.
Repeated concussions leads to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain condition commonly seen in National Football League (NFL) players long after retirement. While the NFL receives most of the heat for not doing enough to prevent concussions and CTE, boxing has largely slid under the radar. This has many neurologists and neurosurgeons questioning how this can be, but the reality is that there is no safe way to box. The goal of the sport, plain and simple, is to hit your opponent in the head enough to either “knock him out” or exhaust him to the point of winning by points.
While head trauma relates little to the foot and ankle injuries commonly treated at Advanced Foot Care, sports injuries have been a recurrent theme of my blogs and no discussion of sports injuries can be complete without considering the topic of repeated head injuries. Recent studies show that the force transmitted by the punch of a trained boxer is between 450 pounds to over 1,400 pounds. Such extreme forces will accelerate the head to 53 g’s. It becomes worse when you consider that most of the punches don’t land straight on, but have a rotational component. The brain is not secure enough in the cavity of the skull to withstand forces like this on a regular basis.
While the Fight of the Century broke records, hopefully some of the hype can increase awareness of how damaging contact sports are to the overall health of athletes. If you have a sports related injury call Dr. Solomon at Advanced Foot Care as soon as possible at 706-861-6200.
By: Dr. Aaron Solomon
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