Watch your head
Punch drunk - it’s a euphemism as old as pugilism itself. It describes the changes in cognitive behavior displayed by seasoned boxers.
A recent study looked at the changes in brain size that occur among professional fighters from the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study.
Using MRIs as a diagnostic measure and blood tests, changes in particular brain areas are tracked.
The results – active boxers had an increased rate of brain volume decline compared to controls.￼
Mixed martial artist fighters also had declines, but to a lesser extent.￼
However, retired boxers had the largest decline in brain volume…
Indicating that the harm continues long after the last punch has landed.