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Medical concern about boxing injuries increasing.

Washington, D.C.: Medical concern is increasing about the acute and chronic injuries sustained by boxers. Military physicians especially are focusing on eye injuries that impair personnel and hinder their ability to perform duties.

Of 401 cases reviewed by medical authorities for boxing-related injuries during a five-year period, 22 cases involved severe ocular injuries. In one third of the cases, the eye injury was also related with more serious injuries such as cerebral laceration and contusions, intercranial injury and fractures of the facial bones.

Critics believe that the policy of encouraging boxing in military physical fitness programs should be reconsidered and that further studies of chronic health problems associated with boxing is needed.

Further studies also revealed that acute neurological damage accounted for more than 370 deaths that occurred during boxing matches in the United States between 1945 and 1985.

The Southern Medical Journal reports that several medical organizations have called for a ban on boxing, including the World Health Organization, which also calls for tighter regulations.
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Date:Jun 22, 1991
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