The Mayweather v. McGregor Fight Brings Attention to TBIs in Contact Sports

If you’re been chatting with literally anyone this week, you’ve probably heard about “the Money Fight.” Taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, the fight pits boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Conor McGregor, a champion mixed martial arts fighter.

A Much-Anticipated Event

There is a ton of hype about the fight, and not just because Mayweather and McGregor have been intensely trash-talking. The Mayweather v. McGregor fight will truly be a spectacular sight, because both men are champions in their fields. Mayweather is a five-time division champion in boxing, with fifteen world titles and a bronze medal from the Olympics. McGregor, a boxer and mixed martial artist with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is the reigning lightweight champion. It will also be interesting because it puts boxing, a more traditional combat sport, against mixed martial arts, which combines elements of boxing with other martial arts like judo, karate, and jujitsu.

The winner of the fight receives a belt made out of alligator leather and embellished with gold, diamonds, and sapphires. Both Mayweather and McGregor are expected to receive millions of dollars for their participation, along with awesome bragging rights. And Showtime, the cable service that is exclusively streaming the fight, will be a winner, too. The action will be televised via pay-per-view, and will cost around $90 to watch.

Concussions in Contact Sports

In all the excitement, it’s easy to forget that boxing and mixed martial arts are actually incredibly dangerous sports. Since they often involve athletes taking punches or kicks to the body, it’s not surprising that fights often end with injuries. Injuries often include cuts and bruises, dislocations, and fractures, but the worst injury of all is often head trauma.

As we’ve blogged about before, mostly in regards to football, head trauma and concussions are very dangerous for athletes. Along with more immediate symptoms, concussions can have long-lasting consequences, including a brain degeneration disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Head trauma can also increase the risk of other neurodegenerative diseases, like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Athletes are at a particular risk for concussions, and therefore, at risk for any of these long-term health consequences. By participating in the sports they love, many athletes are subjecting themselves to consistent head trauma.

Mayweather and McGregor are both great at what they do, and probably know the importance of concussion prevention. But if you’re feeling inspired to take up boxing or mixed martial arts after watching the Mayweather v. McGregor fight , remember to take precautions against concussions — after all, you can never become a world-champion if you have a serious injury!

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