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How can boxers usually survive massive force to their heads, but natasha richardson dies from a fall?
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not everyone
Not all boxers actually survive! a lot of them if survive end up having traumatic brain injuries and posttraumatic brain syndrome.
Another thing you need to remember, they have been trained to receive blows in their head, so they may be somewhat more resistant than poor natasha.

In brief: Not everyone
Not all boxers actually survive! a lot of them if survive end up having traumatic brain injuries and posttraumatic brain syndrome.
Another thing you need to remember, they have been trained to receive blows in their head, so they may be somewhat more resistant than poor natasha.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Natasha's injury was unique in that she tore the middle meningeal artery feeding the covering to the brain creating an epidural hemorrhage. These have only a few hours to live. As Dr. Conovalciuc stated, there are boxers die from their head injuries every year. It all boils down to different mechanisms of injury.
Dr. Atif Haque
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Boxing
Boxers do suffer brain injuries, though, as mentioned, they are usually of delayed encephalopathy following many repeated blows to the head.
However, I have taken care of a boxer, who, minutes after the last notable blow to the head, went down and never got back up. He was dead a few hours later, in spite of aggressive surgical intervention. He actually had a fracture that tore a major vein.

In brief: Boxing
Boxers do suffer brain injuries, though, as mentioned, they are usually of delayed encephalopathy following many repeated blows to the head.
However, I have taken care of a boxer, who, minutes after the last notable blow to the head, went down and never got back up. He was dead a few hours later, in spite of aggressive surgical intervention. He actually had a fracture that tore a major vein.
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