Boxing and Narcissism…

Workout notes This morning: just a swim (2650 yards). 500 of fist/free, 500 of 3g/free, then 1000 straight in 17:45 (disappointing…though I didn’t really tax myself). Then 6 x (25 fly, 25 free, 25 back, 25 free) and 50 cool down.

I had fun chasing my favorite triathlete.

I admit that I’ve been watching boxing (started watching it again about 6 years ago). Part of the reason is that I know how difficult it is to do; when we boxed in PE class (in college), three ONE MINUTE rounds were exhausting, and that was going against someone who wasn’t really a boxer.

I admire the mixture of courage, toughness, skill, power, technique and endurance the sport requires.

But…I also feel guilty too and this is why:

The physical changes, detected by M.R.I. scans, are a reduction in size in the hippocampus and thalamus of the brains of fighters with more than six years in the ring. These parts of the brain deal with such functions as memory and alertness. While those who had fought for more than six years did not exhibit any declines in cognitive function, fighters with more than 12 years in the ring did. Thus, Dr. Bernick’s group concluded, the lag between detectability and physical symptoms probably occurs sometime during those six years.

Dr. Bernick will present these findings on Wednesday in New Orleans at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting, and the potential significance goes well beyond the health of boxers. The idea that an M.R.I. could help identify a degenerative brain disorder before a patient reports cognitive problems could help a broad range of people, from young athletes and combat soldiers to others who have been subjected to repeated blows to the head, neurologists say.

The purpose of this study, as reported by the New York Times, is to try to measure the damage induced by repeated trauma that is NOT of the “concussion” level (e. g., lots of hits to the head).

I went to listen to a talk by Jean Twenge about the rise of narcissism in our culture. While the talk was pretty good (lots of data; the talk itself was well delivered), I find it ironic that she managed to fit in some baby/kid pictures….MANY times more than necessary. And she did this in a talk about narcissism??? 🙂

You can probably get the gist of the talk: too many times, too many kids are told that they are special, etc.

By the way, this was not a “slam this generation” talk; she did point out the good sides of the generation.

April 25, 2012 - Posted by | boxing, brain, health, health care, science, social/political, swimming

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: