"BLAST FROM THE PAST":
In a recent interview with former boxing commissioner John Signorile, we covered much ground about preserving lessons learned from the "age-old sport of kings".
Throughout his stream of historical sports highlights, we landed on the topic of CONCUSSION, where the commissioner was inspired by many references. Signorile stepped back and peeled a dusty framed photo of a first round knockout round between Wilder vs. Stiverne where this prized memorabilia would travel us closer to this historical heavyweight title event.
The photo was a stunning one-in-a-million shot from Nov. 2017 - from a moment in time (as captured by the sports photographer, Stephanie Trapp). Standing at the right place and at the right time, her lens managed to freeze multiple streams of explosive action that comprised Deontay Wilder completely obliterating Bermane Stiverne. The empty, worn out 'rag-doll' form of Stiverne's flacid body laid melted and dangling senselessly from the bottom rope. Center frame was the referee (Arthur Mercante Jr.) airborne on top of the highly charged and powerful Wilder, desperately grappling on the aggressive champ with his own unremarkable body. "Mercante responded vigorously to my raising the hand in the air at ringside-- that's the signal to 'STOP THE FIGHT!'... any more than this would be unconscionable".
Signorile held the sole discretion of ending the bout prematurely, and enacting this was no easy decision. The obviously gross mismatch between the animalistic laser-speed punches by Wilder and the three knockdowns (at the first round) of the un-responsive, out of shape Stiverne "called for real intervention in the worst way!"
See Video of the ONE-Round Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS4i7a-L-9M
BRAINWAVE TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY BRINGS HOPE FOR CONCUSSION HEALING
It is crucial that athletes who suffer from concussion receive proper medical attention and rest to allow the brain to heal. While it may be tempting to push through the pain and continue to compete, doing so can cause further damage and potentially irreversible harm to the brain.
One promising method for helping individuals recover from concussion is through the use of brainwave entrainment technology, such as BrainTap. The BrainTap concussion study showed that subjects who used BrainTap regularly experienced between 30-70% improvement in neurological function one year after their injury. This is a significant finding, as it demonstrates that technology can play a vital role in aiding recovery from brain trauma.
In conclusion, the decision to stop a boxing match due to concussion is a difficult but necessary one. The health and safety of the athletes must be the top priority, and proper medical attention and rest are critical to recovery. More studies need to be completed but with the use of technologies such as BrainTap and photobiomodulation therapy, we can help individuals recover from concussion and improve their neurological function in the long term.
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