New injury data, especially regarding pediatric concussions, reinforce opposition by the Academy and the Canadian Paediatric Society to children and adolescents participating in boxing.
The intention in amateur boxing to win points for blows to the opponent’s head and body or the goal in professional boxing to knock out the opponent make it an inappropriate sport for child and adolescent involvement, according to the revised policy statement, Boxing Participation by Children and Adolescents (Pediatrics. 2011;128:617-623; http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/doi/10.1542/peds.2011-1165).
“Boxing organizations have a vested interest in promoting boxing and feel that it teaches children discipline and allows them to have some success,” said policy statement co-author Laura K. Purcell, M.D., FAAP. “However, the literature shows that there is a significant risk of neurological injury, including deaths, from severe brain injuries.”
More than 18,000 youths under the age of 19 were registered with USA Boxing in 2008.
While neither USA Boxing...