New study aims to discover brain injury risk factors
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New study aims to discover brain injury risk factors

A new study is looking in to the reasons why some boxers suffer from concussions and brain injuries, while others don't. Fighters are in a unique group of athletes, along with football players, where being hit is the game. Concussions are common in these sports, and the causes and effects are still being investigated.

For the fighters, concussions can prevent them from pursuing their passion and for professionals can cut their careers short. "You can't stop these sports, and the last thing we want to do is stop these sports," said the chief investigator for the project. "But we want to be able to protect athletes from long-term brain issues."

For the fighters, concussions can prevent them from pursuing their passion and for professionals can cut their careers short. "You can't stop these sports, and the last thing we want to do is stop these sports," said the chief investigator for the project. "But we want to be able to protect athletes from long-term brain issues."

The study aims to try to find ways to predict which fighters are at risk for brain damage later in life. Often referred to as punch drunk syndrome, some fighters develop a particular type of dementia as they get older. Experts say that punch drunk syndrome is more common in poorer boxers, who participate in less regulated fights and take considerable hits to the head. It is also common for fighters who mostly help professionals train and may be knocked down several times each day.

Brain injuries can cause memory loss, cognitive impairments, and emotional and behavior changes for those who suffer from them. About 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. If you know someone who has suffered from a brain injury or if you have, contact an attorney that specializes in these types of injury to find out if you are eligible to recover for the damage. People who suffer from brain injuries as a result of someone else's negligence may be able to recover for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Source: Huffington Post, "Concussions in Boxing: Study looks for answers about head injuries and fighting," Feb. 15, 2012.

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