Israeli neurosurgeon Jonathan Degen from Herzliya Medical Center claims WBC heavyweight champion Vitaly Klitschko is showing early symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
The doctor made his conclusion having watched the boxer in action. An expert in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, Degen advised the elder Klitschko to quit boxing immediately.
“Vitaly is a great champion, but he must take care of himself. I watch all his fights. And of course, I watched his clash against Tomasz Adamek on September 10. It was a total victory, but some dangerous symptoms in Vitaly’s behavior alerted me and I want to warn him. I think that 40 years is that age for Vitaly when it’s dangerous to continue boxing,” Degen told from-ua.com.
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It results from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain. It has become almost a professional disease for boxers who receive a lot of hard punches to head during their career. Mohammed Ali is the most vivid example. The disease is currently incurable.
“I drew attention to Klitschko’s movement in the ring during the fight against Adamek as an expert,” the doctor added. “Note that he possessed full advantage, but was unable to deliver any knockout punch to a helpless opponent. It was hard for him to coordinate his body. Adamek received pokes instead of punches.”
“It’s impossible to beat all the contenders. He has already become a legend, now it’s time to take care of his health,” Degen concluded.
There are very serious consequences to those who dedicate themselves to combat sports like boxing. Unfortunately, most fighters never make the money a Pacman or Klitschko makes, and even then you have to ask yourself if its worth it? Because the consequences extend much further than not being as coordinated as you use to be.
These fighters deserve much more than they currently receive, where is the numerous boxing counsels, hall of fames, fans (?) etc. when these fighters start to break down from years of prize fighting in a ring? Nowhere to be found, thats where! Once their careers are over, thats it. No matter if the blows they received during their career have added up and will continue to take a toll.
Getting hit in the head doesnt make you any smarter, and over the long haul, has very serious and detrimental effects both physically and socially. These guys are pretty much used until they are no longer needed, tossed to the side like trash, and the next kid is lead into the gym or field to suffer the same fate.
Something should be done about this, as collecting a disability check for a few hundred a month only goes so far. All of these guys need to unionize and push for huge reforms. Most of these guys will never be on the scale of a pacman, yet will pay the price for their chosen career path the same as those who did make the money. If you truly enjoy these sports, one would think you would care about those who actually make it possible for those sports to occur/exist in the first place.
Currently, nobody really seems to give a shit and that has always struck me as a problem.
So is that how Marty McFly got Parkinson's? He took a lot of head shots in 1885, 1955 and 1985.
All the good Filipino doctors live in America. Or does that only apply to nurses?
Nah, that's not true. There's a lot of top-notch facilities in the big cities with great doctors and what not, a prime example being St. Luke's in Manila. Though, yeah, the little 'hospitals' they got going on in the towns are very third-world and those top facilities are typically only accessible by the more fortunate.
There are few trainers more aware and concerned with identifying fighters with signs of neurological conditions than Freddie Roach. I'm sure he's getting pretty good medical care.
Do you really think so? I know he's got the condition himself but he seems most concerned with earning as much money for himself as possible.
That said this Doctor is in no position to make a diagnosis.