" We owe it to the future of the sport, and we owe it to the future of the men and women who want to engage in it. US Senator John McCain "
US fighters support brain injury study

ABC News reports two opposing US senators and four separate fighting organisations have joined forces to support a new study on the effects of the sport on athletes’ brains.

The study will be run by the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and will be the first to measure brain health in professional fighters. Five boxing entities committed a total of $600,000 towards the clinic’s research.

The new study follows revelations in the States about long-term brain damage as a result of concussions which has placed their National Football League under scrutiny.

Read more about the ABC report here.

A Deakin University study recently uncovered a link between concussions in AFL players and a decline in brain health, the UK recently announced concussion training for all rugby union players and coaches and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW released Football, Head Injuries and the Risk of Dementia on the topic last year.

 

 Posted: February 5th, 2014
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