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Professional Las Vegas Fighters to Benefit from New Brain Injury Research Study

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in cooperation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and boxing and mixed martial arts promoters, is conducting a new study that could tell professional fighters when they should retire lest they sustain permanent brain damage, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Since Las Vegas is considered the boxing capital of the world and is home to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial arts fighters, it is the natural location for this study.

The task of this research study is to monitor fighters’ brains over a period of four years to get a better understanding of head trauma and its effects. This study may also be used as objective data that licensing commissions can use to determine whether a fighter should continue fighting after a bad beating or knockout. The fighters that volunteer for this study will be subject to annual MRI brain scans, in addition to physical exams as well as speech and cognitive tests in order to monitor how head trauma suffered in the ring affects brain activity.

In the brain scans, researchers will be measuring changes in brain scarring, volume, and blood flow and then compare that information with the fighters’ cognitive and/or performance tests and neurologic exams. When there is a correlation between a fighter’s cognitive decline and the MRI results, researchers hope to be able to determine a relationship between cognitive decline and what happens in the ring. Several fighters have high hopes for this study and feel it is move in the right direction to improve fighting safety.

Athletics and other recreational activities can take its toll on the body. Sometimes, the activity itself can cause brain injury, as it is with boxing and mixed martial arts, but, in other instances, it is the negligent, reckless, or wrongdoing of another that causes injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in Nevada and you believe another’s negligence or wrongdoing to be the cause, the experienced Las Vegas traumatic brain injury lawyers at Shook & Stone can determine the validity of your claim and help you understand your legal options. Call us today at 702-570-0000 for a free consultation.


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