Calls to ban boxing due to risk of head injury
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A national charity that supports people affected by brain injury is campaigning for boxing to be outlawed to prevent boxers suffering head injuries.
The risks associated with boxing have been highlighted by the sudden death of a British boxer, Michael Norgrove last week. The boxer suffered a bleed to the brain in the course of a professional boxing match in London, which proved to be fatal. This tragedy has increased concerns about the safety of boxing. The repeated blows to the head associated with the sport can cause head injuries and damage to the brain which, as in Michael Norgrove’s case, can be fatal. The effects of a brain injury, whether mild or severe, are also devastating and life changing.
The British Boxing Board of Control has defended the legitimacy of the sport. While acknowledging that boxing carries a risk of injury, Robert Smith, the general secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, believes boxers choose to take this risk. In a radio interview, Smith says "we all know the dangers that boxing has, every boxer that participates knows the dangers."
Headway, a charity which supports people with brain injuries says boxing needs to be banned. "Every time a boxer gets into the ring, there is a significant risk that they may lose their life or sustain a…brain injury," said Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway - the brain injury association.
To read more about Headway’s stance on this dangerous sport, click here.
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