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Public Health and Sport Sciences

The acute effects of amateur boxing on cerebrovascular, cognitive and neuromotor function

As a group,  we are interested in the acute and chronic influence of head impacts. Boxing is a sport whereby the head is specifically targeted, and was associated with “Dementia Pugilistica” 100 years ago.

This study is concerned with quantifying whether an amateur boxing match acutely alters brain blood flow regulation, cognitive function and neuromotor control.

A student boxer stands in front of a punch bag

Computer generated image of a person wearing brain scan equipment

Research team

Researchers: Will Wallis, Oliver Smail, Qais Al-Alem

Supervisors: Dr Bert Bond, Dr Genevieve Williams