Sparring and cognitive function in professional boxers.

  title={Sparring and cognitive function in professional boxers.},
  author={Barry D. Jordan and Erik J. T. Matser and Robert D. Zimmerman and T Zazula},
  journal={The Physician and sportsmedicine},
  volume={24 5},
A volunteer group of 42 professional boxers provided information about their careers and training practices and underwent neuropsychological testing. Performance on the neuropsychological tests was not associated with age, boxing record (wins, losses, or total number of bouts), length of career, or history of knockout or technical knockout. However, the amount of sparring the boxers did was inversely associated with their performance on several of the tests. Impairments revealed by the tests… CONTINUE READING