Philippines, 07 Feb 2023
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


CONCUSSIONS AND BRAIN BLEEDS


PhilBoxing.com




For the past few years, sports fans have become more aware of the dangers of brain injuries in sports.

Concussions have been widely discussed in the media and sports commentators covering football, ice hockey, basketball and other contact sports make it a point to talk about concussion protocols when an athlete receives a strong blow to the head.

Boxing, because of the nature of the sport, has long been associated with injuries and fatalities. Various boxing organizations and commissions around the world have made efforts to minimize the risks but because the head remains a main target, boxers are still at high risk for brain injuries.

But recent technological advancement in mobile detection devices are now being studied so they can be utilized to help in assessing a boxer?s post-fight condition and make strides taken towards making the fight game as safe as possible.

These sideline assessments were developed mainly for American football for the acute assessment of concussion.

There are internet articles about the development of a new handheld blood test to detect and evaluate mild traumatic brain injury or concussions. Only a single drop of blood is needed for testing if the athlete has a concussion using protein biomarkers released into the blood.
Another example of sideline devices being tested is the Halifax Consciousness Scanner, which is used to diagnose concussions or other brain abnormalities by measuring the brain?s electrical activity.

There was also a recent report on the Skynews website about a new handheld brain scanner that could be used by ring physicians. It states that the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) is closely monitoring trials of a scanner can detect brain bleeds with an accuracy of 90%, often before any symptoms such as headaches or confusion become apparent.

Ringside doctors are all too familiar with cases where boxers don?t show symptoms right away and have to be reevaluated within the next few hours. The infrascanner, using laser technology, can detect the presence of blood inside the brain within a few minutes. Devices such as this, when approved for routine use, will certainly save lives.

I have been a ring physician with the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) here in the Philippines since 2009 and with the Professional Boxing Commission (PBC), International for the past two years. One of the most important things that I have learned is that communication between the referee and the ring doctor is vital for safety in boxing.

I have had the privilege of working with experienced American referees during my stints in Macao and mainland China. They make it a point to discuss their expectations and various scenarios that we might face during the course of the fight.

The experienced referees of PBC,International are from the Philippines and Thailand. We talk about the boxers before the fights; knowing the history of the fighters is important.

I have not experienced being at ringside for a fight that resulted in a fatality but I have accompanied boxers here in the Philippines to the hospital when I feel that they needed to have a CT-scan of the brain after they complained of dizziness or vomited after a fight.

I make it a point to see their CT-scan results and update the GAB personnel about their status. I have always felt that was the least I could do for the boxers, who are the ones risking their lives inside the ring.

Assessment of a boxer once he or she exhibits danger signs after a fight should be individualized. No two boxers are the same.

Paramedics and a well-equipped ambulance should always be on stand-by. I also ask the paramedics before the fight card starts if they have prior experience with boxing matches. I make it a point to brief them if this was the first time they were assigned to a fight card.

During rules meetings and during pre-fight physicals, boxers should be reminded to be honest in answering the physical exam questionnaire and not to dismiss a headache that they were having going into their bout. Trainers and boxers should also be educated about the dangers of trying to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time.

A thorough physical exam and adequate rest periods for boxers who suffered knockouts are essential.

The Professional Boxing Commission (PBC),Intl also utilizes the corner inspectors to help keep boxers safe during the fight. Their main job is to watch for any rule violations in the fighters? corners but during fight cards held in China, the Chinese corner inspectors working with PBC,Intl. are briefed about the danger signs to watch out for since they are closest to the boxers in between rounds. The corner inspectors are also told that, if you understand the language of the fighter, and you notice that he is not speaking properly, or answering his trainer in a coherent manner, bring it to the attention of the referee and ring doctor right away.

Using advanced technology is good but nothing can replace conscientious boxing officials and teamwork.

By working together we can reduce risk to a minimum.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Rene Bonsubre, Jr..


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • ANTHONY JOSHUA RETURNS HOME TO FIGHT JERMAINE FRANKLIN ON APRIL 1
    , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • SPORTSCLOPEDIA 30: EUMIR MARCIAL BATTLES RICARDO RUBEN VILLALBA IN AN EIGHT ROUNDER
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • Be Water, Klay Thompson: Golden State splashes OKC, 141-114, on Bruce Lee Night
    By Emmanuel Rivera, RRT, , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • Weights from Nashville, Tennessee
    , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • The Past Week in Action 6 February 2023: Amanda Serrano and Alycia Baumgardner are Undisputed Champs; Navarrete Stops Wilson in 9
    By Eric Armit, , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • PATTINSON VS. JENKINS HEADLINES MARCH 18 NXTGEN CARD IN NEWCASTLE
    , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • Emmanuel "Salserito" Rodriguez Takes on Sharone Carter Jr. in Main Event This Saturday, February 11th at The Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City
    , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • "NUCKLE" NELSON OLIVA TRAINING CAMP NOTES
    , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • Laylo wins National Open chess title
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • TOKYO OLYMPICS BRONZE MEDALIST EUMIR FELIX MARCIAL MAKES HIS EIGHT-ROUND DEBUT, AGAINST ARGENTINA'S RICARDO VILLALBA, THIS SATURDAY, FEB. 11, AT THE ALAMODOME
    , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • CALLUM SMITH FACES UNBEATEN POLE PAWEL STEPIEN ON MARCH 11 IN LIVERPOOL
    , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • Mass. Welterweight Champion Denzel Whitley defends title vs. challenger Kenny Larson
    , Tue, 07 Feb 2023
  • Boxlab Promotions returns February 25 for “Night of Champions II”
    , Mon, 06 Feb 2023
  • Alex Winwood looking to set records, eyes firmly set on WBC International title challenge
    , Mon, 06 Feb 2023
  • SPORTSCLOPEDIA 29: JOHN RIEL CASIMERO IS NOW MANAGED BY MASAYUKI ITO
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Mon, 06 Feb 2023
  • FRANCISCO SANCHEZ RUIZ IS CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
    , Mon, 06 Feb 2023
  • "AND THE NEW!!!" Joepher Montano Becomes WBA Asia Champion
    By Carlos Costa, , Sun, 05 Feb 2023
  • Natuplag loses by a KO, but gains a proposal
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 05 Feb 2023
  • Steph Curry exits due to leg injury, Warriors defeat Mavericks anyway, 119-113
    By Emmanuel Rivera, RRT, , Sun, 05 Feb 2023
  • Quiamco, Miranda-Fann rule 7-Eleven Run
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 05 Feb 2023
  • Boxing Spring Schedule has Sprung with More to Come
    By Chris Carlson, , Sun, 05 Feb 2023
  • SPORTSCLOPEDIA 28: VINCENT ASTROLABIO CLASHES WITH EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ FOR THE IBF BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Sun, 05 Feb 2023
  • Finding Inoue’s successors
    By Joaquin Henson, , Sun, 05 Feb 2023
  • The King of Brick City: Shakur Stevenson Returns Home April 8 Against Shuichiro Yoshino in Lightweight Main Event at Newark’s Prudential Center LIVE on ESPN
    , Sun, 05 Feb 2023
  • PH draws India, 2-2, with board four win of Bernardo; finishes 3rd in Serbia, FIDE Chess Olympiad for People with Disabilities
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 05 Feb 2023




  •  



     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2023 philboxing.com.