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Boxing Head Trauma and Other Dangers
Boxing Head Trauma and Other Dangers

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AIR DATE: September 16, 2010

A bowling ball thrown at 20 mph. That's how powerful a pro boxer's punch can be. What does that do to a boxer? What are the immediate and long-term effects of life in the ring? Can boxers protect against head injuries, or is trauma inevitable? Doctors weigh in on the debate. Plus, the boxing commission chairwoman talks about boxing insurance and other changes in the pipeline. Are you a boxer or athlete? Is boxing that dangerous? Are the current safeguards enough? Join the discussion below!

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Pat Lundvall, Chair, Nevada Boxing Commission
Cindy Bir, Prof of Biomedical Engineering and Dir of Research of Orthopaedic Surgery, Wayne State University

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COMMENTS:
How many billions of dollars has this industry brought to Nevada? As long as pugilism is big business in the world it is legal and well regulated the cost of helping one fighter is less than pennies on the dollar to Clark County.
JohnSep 15, 2010 09:47:32 AM
I am a physician at UMC. We couldn't even provide cancer care to patients for two year because of budget deficits. I think is it short sighted of your panel to not realize that ANY losses to our hospital contribute to a lack of access to care for our patients. Boxers participating are doing it by choice. Most uninsured patients are not at our hospital NOT by choice. This is a completely different situation. I don't think it is fair to place extra burden on an already over taxed system.
Michael RichterSep 15, 2010 09:44:37 AM
In the near term, why not go after the specific fight organizer for any uncovered medical expenses of atheletes injured in that organizer's event? Market forces should prevail...
Aunty PalinSep 15, 2010 09:41:07 AM
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