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Medicina dello Sport 2020 December;73(4):673-80

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.20.03829-6

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Boxers’ healthcare and the abolition of the headgear in amateur boxing

Mario I. STURLA 1, Italo G. RICAGNI 2, Carmela IGNOZZA 3, Francesco RONDONI 3, Antonio BONETTI 4, Lucio RICCIARDI 5

1 Federazione Pugilistica Italiana (FPI), Commissione Medica Europea EBU, World Boxing Council (WBC), Turin, Italy; 2 Federazione Pugilistica Italiana (FPI), Turin, Italy; 3 Federal Technical Center, Federazione Pugilistica Italiana (FPI), Turin, Italy; 4 University of Parma, Parma, Italy; 5 University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy


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The abolition of the headgear for the amateur boxer has opened a discussion on the acute brain damage of the boxer. The pros and cons the use of the headgear are analyzed and the first AIBA statistical data are presented and discussed, taken from a large number of rounds fought with and without a headgear.


KEY WORDS: Boxing, Brain concussion; Sports

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