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How old is too old to fight in boxing? Age is not just a number

MOJ Sports Medicine
Nitin K Sethi


Professional boxing is a physically demanding combat sport. In boxing every punch thrown to the head is thrown with the intention of winning by causing a knockout (KO). As a result, concussive head injuries are common in boxing. Traumatic subdural hematoma remains the most common cause of boxing related mortality. As older boxers (age greater than 40) enter the ring, concern is raised for their neurological health. How old is too old to fight in boxing? Should there be a cut-off age beyond which boxers should not be allowed to compete professionally?


boxing, combat sports, injuries, older athlete, traumatic brain injury