In 2011 I wrote to the government-funded Southern District Health Board (SDHB) about their use of boxing to raise funds via their appalling Fight for Kidz. I asked them to stop this type of fundraising.
I told them that an autopsy had just been done as requested by the American footballer Dave Duerson who had killed himself. The autopsy found his brain riddled with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). This is the brain injury people suffer in violent “sports” and in other sports such as soccer (heading the ball).
Dave killed himself carefully to preserve his brain. He texted his family that he wanted his brain examined for CTE.
The SDHB refused my request.
The medical literature is full of deaths from boxing, including if wearing boxing helmets. The American Medical Association has called for a ban on boxing saying it is an “obscenity” that “should not be sanctioned by any civilized society.”
The British, Canadian and Australian Medical Associations have also called for bans on boxing.
But the Southern DHB equates this barbaric practice with “helping” disadvantaged kids. That is disgusting in the extreme.
This New York Review of Books article on collision sports shows the economic interest in hiding the truth – and it’s written by a huge fan of one of these “sports”.
Mild traumatic brain injuries are also a signature injury of war via explosion shock waves. Damage is concentrated in the cerebellum in brain images from blast-exposed combat veterans. [This ScienceMag link may require you to sign up for free – but it’s well worth the effort.]
My father was a boxer. He died of cancer. But who can say his cancer was totally unrelated to boxing? Before he died he made me promise I would never box.