These previous few weeks have been ugly on this planet of fight sports activities.
UFC president Dana White slapped his spouse within the head. Twice. On video. His solely clarification was extraordinary drunkenness.
The Final Fighter 1 and UFC veteran Stephan Bonnar died of but unconfirmed causes. He was solely in his mid 40’s. With reports noting he had concerns of having the progressive brain disease CTE. Coronary heart well being has been talked about with analysis shedding new mild on the robust connection of coronary heart well being points and previous traumatic mind damage.
And maybe most horrific of all UFC veteran Phil Baroni has reportedly been arrested in Mexico on allegations he battered his partner to death.
Many fighters retire broke and damaged. Monetary exploitation is rampant. As is drug and alcohol abuse. As is mind trauma. Its like the proper recipe for a ticking time bomb with the one remaining query whether or not it’s going to explode or implode.
Its onerous to search out constructive issues to say with serial headlines exhibiting horrific realities in fight sports activities. However I’ll attempt.
Fight sports activities have a home violence downside. Fight sports activities have a CTE downside. And in a tragic circle home violence victims even have a CTE downside. A hidden epidemic of brain harm with researchers noting there are about “4,500 concussed ladies (from Home Violence) for each one concussed NHL participant“.
What may be accomplished? Right here is a straightforward begin.
Should you practice in fight sports activities or in case you practice others in fight sports activities please perceive mind well being. Perceive concussion. Perceive CTE. Respect mind well being and discover methods to reduce it.
If fight sports activities don’t discover methods to repair themselves others will discover methods to repair them for you. Do higher. Cease harming every others brains with out cause in coaching. You don’t ‘follow’ mind trauma.
Discover methods to help analysis. Scientists want athletes to take part within the professional athletes brain health study. Scientists want fighters to donate their brains. Researchers want domestic violence victims to add to voids in scientific data.
Maintain these in your neighborhood accountable. Don’t excuse home violence. Don’t excuse legal acts. Don’t look the opposite manner as a result of you are attempting to guard the game.
Discover methods to care. Discover methods to stomp out abuse. Discover methods to make these sports activities higher than the place they’re proper now. There’s lots of room for enchancment. However there are lots of people who may also help enhance them. Pitch in. If you take care of fight sports activities roll up your sleeves and do your half.