These previous few weeks have been ugly on the earth 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 gentle on the sturdy connection of coronary heart well being points and previous traumatic mind harm.
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 would 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 girls (from Home Violence) for each one concussed NHL participant“.
What may be executed? Right here is a straightforward begin.
In the event you practice in fight sports activities or should 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 purpose in coaching. You don’t ‘observe’ 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 group accountable. Don’t excuse home violence. Don’t excuse felony acts. Don’t look the opposite method 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 a whole lot of room for enchancment. However there are lots of people who will help enhance them. Pitch in. If you take care of fight sports activities roll up your sleeves and do your half.