Thread: News Article: Wade Belak dead at 35
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09-03-2011, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by habsjunkie2 View Post
Sure, i understand this view, but getting punched in the head is no less detrimental if it's your only purpose in your sport. It still should have the same long term effects as fighting in another venue/situation (hockey).
Long-term effects, sure. But these deaths this summer have nothing to do with long-term effects since these were active players (in Belak's case, just retired). The way other enforcers like John Scott and Georges Laraque have described their anxiety and difficulty sleeping--even operating--on days and nights before games indicate a very short-term problem which can lead to various psychological issues. These issues wouldn't come up in sports like MMA and boxing where the athletes' sole purpose is to fight, and such anxiety plays a lesser role since they've trained for that specific purpose for the entirety of their athletic lives. There's a different psychological impact here. The extent of this impact and its relation to these deaths is unknown, but the way Scott and Laraque described their anxiety is beyond my comprehension and does not seem to affect MMA fighters and boxers in the same way.

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