Here is My Question:
I was diagnosed with MS about 18 months ago and have been undergoing treatment. Since my diagnosis I have been more physically active engaging in circuit training, obstacle course racing and running. Most recently I joined a 3 month program to train for an (optional) amateur boxing match (3, 2 minute rounds). During the training we will be sparring (with appropriate head and mouth gear) using 16 oz gloves for extra protection. My question, is boxing advisable given that I WILL receive blows to the head during the process? I have read mixed articles about the correlation with "head trauma" and MS. I imagine that "head trauma" would be a liberal representation of what I will be undergoing, but wanted to check nonetheless. Please advise.
It is absolutely great that you have been so active since your diagnosis, and I applaud you. Keep it up, all except the boxing. Considering the damage that repeated blows to the head can inflict on a normal brain, this activity should really be avoided in people with MS and most other disorders of the brain or spinal cord. I can give you many reasons for this opinion, but I will spare you the details. Incidental head trauma can not be avoided in life, but you can certainly avoid doing it to yourself on purpose.
Rip Kinkel, MD
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