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Dutch to examine testing boxers for brain damage

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:370
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch government has asked its scientific advisers to look at the possibility of reintroducing neuropsychological tests for sports that carry a risk of brain damage.

    An obligatory test was abolished for Dutch professional boxers in 1995, after little more than a year, amid international controversy over the interpretation of the results. A high proportion of positive results led to boxers going abroad to gain licences and then returning to fight in the Netherlands.

    Now junior health …

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