The Boxing legend and the most popular person in the world, Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984. This was the main reason for link between Boxing and Parkinson’s disease. All over the world people believing that Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with this disease only because of Boxing but is it correct to blame boxing?
Ali was diagnosed at the age of 42, but normally this disease would affect the people at the age above 60. This was the main reason for this blame about boxing.
The fact behind this case is not clear but most of the studies stated that, boxing was the reason because Ali’s command by specialists at the world-renowned Mayo clinic, where he underwent various tests. The results of those tests reported that brain stem of Ali had suffered a degenerative changes which was caused by Boxing. Lack of Dopamine in brain is the reason for the cause of Parkinson’s disease and that Dopamine is closely linked with brain stem. So studies believe that Muhammad Ali was affected by Parkinson’s disease only because of Boxing.
Ali’s long-time ringside physician, Dr. Ferdie Pacheco believes that boxing alone is not a reason for his brain damage but it may be. He played long period at an advanced age, which may be the reason for this problem.
“Boxing in and out of itself is not the cause of Muhammad Ali’s brain injuries, but rather, it was Muhammad Ali fighting for too long and fighting at an advanced age that resulted in his injuries,” he stated.
When questioned after which match he felt he should have to retire, Ali said “Foreman”. This refers to George Foreman and that match was world heavyweight title fight in 1974.
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