Nowadays, boxing is the prestigious sports to our poor community especially in rural areas. Due to greatness of our boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, most minors in poor community aspiring to be a boxer like him, besides of being popular, a man with a multiple amount of wealth that he can boast on to.
In some parts of General Santos City, there are some youths saying that “the money is in boxing, in order for us to be in fame and affluent, we should conquer the world of boxing.” Because of there social status they easily come up with those things that can deliver them in richness but they don’t even know boxing can harm them in different serious ways, what’s on there mind is to gain money for there families to uphold with the impoverishment in life.
According to cia.gov and nation master.com, as of July 2008, Philippines population is rapidly increased by 96 million and 40% of its nation is in poverty line. General Santos City is also included in the trend of poor segment of society; a lot of minors in the said city are ambitioning to be a boxer in the future. They idolized other boxers who have reached the top, but on the other side of the view, disadvantages are in their way before they reach the thrown.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons say that 90% of the boxers sustain brain injury, Boxing has fewer account of deaths than some other sports but the victims of suffering brain damage is highly rising. Head injury in boxing is common; being punch on head can cause face and tissue damage in the brain, fracture to the bone of head and major concussions. A hit can destroy our tear nerve networks and lesions that can cause brain tumor and bleeding and sometimes produce large clots within the brain.
Boxing can cause numerous numbers of injuries especially in head. It is estimated that when a boxer gets an indirect hit to the head it is like being blown blow by a 12lb padded wooden mallet traveling at 20 mph.
Boxing can cause Body Damage
Like a cut that lives them permanent scars, bruises an injury that doesn’t break the skin but results in some discoloration, broken teeth, dental problems, broken ribs that leads to compromise ventilation by causing pain, which can prevent proper ventilation and coughing. This impairment may result in atelectasis, retained secretions, and pneumonia. Multiple rib fractures can cause flail chest, which may result in ventilators insufficiency due to ineffective respiratory action and lastly the internal bleeding of internal organs.
Boxing can cause Eye Injuries
Even though some boxer uses safety equipment to protect their major parts of our body, they can also derive different eye injuries. Like retina injury, retinal detachment and retinal hemorrhage. Our eyes are very vulnerable by direct hit that can result injury in retina it may cause sensitive lining of the eye use for sight, mascular degeneration occurs when retina is damaged causing of central vision damaged while the retinal detachment is a kind of separation of black wall of the eye, when the retina separates the circulation of blood supply will be reduced and its ability can adopt light rays will be interrupt. If this thing happens the data that enters to brain will no longer transmit that can blindness. The other eye injury that we can gain is retina hemorrhage it is bleeding into an area of the retina the part of the eye that lies in the back of the eye and responsible for receiving light it may also cause blindness.
Some of the ex-boxer is experience deterioration in old age due prone of punches and blows the side of boxing occurs in the old age most likely after 10 to 15 years of retirement. Some of them suffer diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Boxers inner grey surface in brain matter is smaller and thinner. The ventricles within the brain enlarged due to decrease in the brain’s white matter.
One amateur Filipino boxer died from serious head injuries sustained during a bout against a Thai boxer last year in Bangkok. The Filipino boxer underwent to a surgery to remove the blood clot from his brain after he fell insensible before he gets his way to dinner after reviving his fourth-round knockout loss. The Amateur Filipino boxer died with a heart failure and failed to retain his wit after his surgery.
Boxers must wear safety equipment to lessen the severe effect of injuries. According to Sciencedaily.com, about 20% percent of professional boxers develop chronic traumatic brain injury (CTBI). Some studies have suggested that amateur boxers also damage their nervous system. Chronic traumatic brain injury (CTBI) associated with boxing occurs in approximately 20% of professional boxers. Risk factors associated with CTBI include increased exposure, poor performance and increased in sparring. Boxers exhibiting CTBI will present with varying degrees of motor, cognitive and behavioral impairments. It is also known as dementia puglistica, chronic encephalopathy or the punch drunk syndrome, it represents the cumulative, long term neurological consequences and sub-concussive blows to the brain. This disease is infrequently encountered by the amateur boxers unless they have excessive exposure to the sport.
Increasing exposure to boxing may have risk in enological injury, CTBI risk factors are from retirement after 28 to 30 years, boxing longer than 10 years or fought for more than 150 bouts. Cognitive impairment in CTBI is mostly to affect attention, memory and executive or frontal function. Early manifestations of CTBI can include decreased complex attention followed by slowed mental speed and mild deficits in memory, lethargic in movement and speech, attention and executive ability.
Learning of boxing to minors will have bad benefits to their health especially to there mental perception and adaptation in other things. Minors will consider boxing as part of there daily life that leads to violence. For those children whose lives are in poverty line, boxing is not the answer for their financial problem. There are youths sojourning the field of boxing because of poor status, but the remedy to uphold their status is education.
The youth can attain the top through education and not battering their selves. In education they will acquire new knowledge and discover different things they will value each and anawangin zambales everyone that they will see, they are going to live like a child. By producing hard-working and dedication in education, they can change our lives.
Life is not permanent, everything in this world changes especially our destiny, we are the one who’s making our history and we are the one who knows what’s right for us.