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Dementia Knocks Out Champion Boxers

By on July 24, 2013

What do boxing champ Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, and the late Emile Griffith have in common?  Each was diagnosed with dementia pugilistica.

 Emile Griffith, the former world boxing champion died at age 75 on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y, the International Boxing Hall of Fame said. Griffith struggled with pugilistic dementia and required full-time care late in life. He was the first boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands to become world champion and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

Known for his overwhelming speed and slick style — certainly not his punching power — Griffith was a prodigy from the moment he stepped in Hall of Fame trainer Gil Clancy’s gym in Queens. Griffith had been working in a hat factory when, as the story goes, he took off his shirt on a hot day and the factory owner realized how strong he was.  Ironically, even in the world of sports media, it was widely known that Griffith was bisexual but was never widely reported in coverage of him.

Dementia pugilistica is a form of chronic traumatic brain injury. It is brain damage caused by cumulative and repetitive head trauma. The common symptoms of dementia pugilistica caused by repetitive blows to the head over a long period of time. It is caused onset of above 12 to 16 year old. Generally dementia pugilistica occurs in boxer player. 

Causes of Dementia Pugilistica

  • Dementia pugilistica causes due to several injuries.
  • It is caused by repetitive blows to the head over a long period of time.
  • The dementia pugilistica causes by the loss of neurons.
  • Damage to the cerebellum can causes to the dementia pugilistica.
  • It causes due to scarring of brain tissue.

Symptoms of Dementia Pugilistica

  • Unable to tolerate loud noise.
  • Depression, Confusion.
  • Unsteady walk.
  • Improper behavior.
  • Disorientation
  • Double vision.
  • poor concentration.
  • speech problems.
  • Loss of memory.
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

 Post boxing, Griffith would train several champions, including Wilfred Benitez and Juan Laporte, among the most popular boxers in Puerto Rican history.

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