UNC’s Kevin Guskiewicz, Concussion Expert, Would Ban Boxing, And Maybe, Punt Returns

Source: newsobserver.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 3/12/2018 – 

As one of the nation’s leading experts on sport-related concussions, Kevin Guskiewicz has a strong opinion on the sport of boxing.

“There’s no other sport where the purpose is to knock your opponent unconscious,” he said.

Guskiewicz said during a 12-round bout, a boxer can average between seven and 12 concussions.

“To me, boxing should be banned,” he said this week in speaking to the Raleigh Sports Club.

But football? That’s another subject.

Guskiewicz, dean of UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences, is co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center. He also serves as research director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at UNC.

Guskiewicz believes there still will be football played in 10 or 15 years despite the increasing fear that repeated concussions and head trauma from playing the sport can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease commonly called CTE.

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