I am having a hard time understanding why in recent times concussion and head injuries have become such a big problem in football, where as in a sport like boxing, it seems like the very objective is to pummell your opponent in the head till he gets knocked out.
I have read that if you get a second concussion when playing football when you are still recovering from the first one, it can have devastating consequences (I think a high school kid died recently because of this). But in a boxing match, isn't there a chance that the guys get multiple concussion during a single fight, but still come back to fight the next time? Why is it so much more dangerous in football?
Also, many older football players apparently suffer from long term effects of multiple head injuries over the course of their careers to the point where they are unable to function independently and need help even doing basic chores. On the same lines, shouldn't all ex-boxing players be vegetables in their laters years? But we still see somebody like Mike Tyson acting in movies and taking part in Charlie Sheen roasts on Comedy Central? What gives?
Why is there such an apparent disconnect between the two sports when it comes to head injuries? Can the football world learning something from the boxing world in terms of how they treat brain injuries?
This post was edited on 1/30 at 7:09 pm