Fighters are the last ones to know they suffer from Brain Damage

By Kevin Davis

Measures have been taken to improve the state of care we give to each fighter, to get them help quicker, and better their situation. The problem is that most brain injuries are not know right after a fight sometimes it takes months to years for the effects to start to show. One of the first signs you will see is balance issues, that's usually the first tell that neurological problems are forming. Alfredo Angulo, who has passed every test they have giving him for neurological testing, suffered some setbacks after his fight with James Kirkland, just days after he was dizzy, and had balance issues, which had affected his coordination. Even Roy Jones took treatment a few years back to treat issues of his balance , to try and reverse the condition. How are this fighters still licensed? 

Dr. Margaret Goodman is a Las Vegas neurologist, the former chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and for many years she worked major fights in Nevada as the chief ringside physician. Boxingtalk contacted Dr. Goodman about the news that Roy Jones is suffering from balance-related issues and has sought out a chiropractor for treatment. Here is what Dr. Goodman had to say: "I completely agree with Roy that balance problems are one of the earliest signs of brain damage from boxing. I think it is admirable that he is seeking treatment. There are certain types of physical therapists that also specialize in balance retraining, and it can be successful--to some degree. With that said, the only sure way to improve balance caused by chronic brain injury from boxing is to stop getting hit in the head. Roy has been one of the greatest boxers of our time. He is brave enough to admit he has neurological problems from boxing. Continuing to spar and fight will significantly worsen these problems and contribute to other more serious problems, like cognitive dysfunction (disruption in memory/concentration) in the future. I believe that his balance issue is a significant warning that needs to be heeded. You cannot spar away age or neurological problems irrespective of any medical therapy." 

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