International Boxing Association Bans Headgear in Bid to Reduce Concussions

The International Boxing Association, which oversees amateur boxing, will ban elite male boxers who compete headgear boxerinternationally from wearing headgear, starting on June 1

Many have suggested that if the National Football League banned helmets that the incidence of concussions would decline. This may be the first time that a sports group has tried this theory.

“All available data indicated that the removal of headguard in Elite Men would result in a decreased number of concussions,” the AIBA said in a statement.

One of the given reasons was that headgear blocks peripheral vision, preventing boxers from seeing punches coming from the side.

Charles Butler, chairman of the Association’s medical commission, told the Wall Street Journal that “although cuts will still be a risk, these will heal, as will bones. But if you can’t recognize your grandchildren, it’s a disaster.”

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