So they concluded that MMA is harder on your brain than football and boxing, with scientific evidence such as score cards and videos. Give me a f**king break.
Football players take repeated hits to the head often starting when they are in middle school and usually no later that high school, which means that the brain trauma that the players are receiving as KIDS happens while their brains are still developing, surely not helping things and likely making it worse. This also puts on another 6 to 11 years of punishment before they are even out of their early 20's and before they are even Pro.
That is not the case in MMA, kids that practice MMA do not suffer from full blown KO's because it is not allowed. Only after you are 18 can you actually begin fighting without headgear, and I am guessing that, on average, most fighters probably aren't going to be able fight longer than 10 years (Here is an article on fighter career length).
The studies on football related brain trauma are much more in-depth than "that player got hit really hard on his head, he must have suffered brain trauma" and "according to this injury report , this player has suffered from (x) amount of concussions over his career, he must have suffered (x) amount of brain damage". So it doesn't make sense to me that the researchers of thise study came to the conclusion that MMA is harder on a persons brain than football when their evidence is exactly what I just described, which is very unscientific, and even subjective, and the studies on football brain trauma are based on real scientific brain analysis.
I am not saying that I don't believe that MMA could possibly worse on a persons brain than football. Based on some of the long term punishment I have witnessed some fighters absorb, I think MMA certainly could cause more brain damage than football, but before researchers start pushing that out as fact, I think that it is only right that actual scientific research is proof, not a bunch guys "looking at score cards and watching videos" as proof.
All of that also applies to boxing as well.
Last edited by XxChAoS32xX; 03-28-2014 at 12:42 AM.
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