Contact Sports

Protect The Pug was created to protect boxers, MMA fighters and other contact sports warriors (i.e. football players, hockey players) by reducing the incidence of associated progressive neurological diseases.  Although all contact sports have these diseases as a common denominator due to trauma, in order to reduce their incidence we must understand what regulatory improvements need to be made in each sport in order to better protect its respective athletes. As such we created specific sections and specific mission points for each contact sport. 

 
 
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Boxing

In order to reduce the incidence of concussion in boxing and its association with progressive neurological disorders, we have identified 8 Mission points to make boxing a safer sport.

 

 
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American Football

This section deals with the current crises with CTE and other neurological disorders in American Football and measures that can be taken to make it a safer sport.

 
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MMA

This section deals with current issues that expose athletes to a higher incidence of concussion and associated progressive neurological disorders in Mixed Martial Arts and what measures we need to take in order to make it a safer sport.

 
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RUGBY

Dr. Bennett Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist, whose work was featured in the movie "Concussion", has called for contact sports such as rugby, mixed martial arts and American football to be banned for individuals under the age of 18. Dr. Omalu said that “after only one season of rugby, your child may have suffered brain damage” as the human brain does not have any reasonable capacity to regenerate itself.  This section deals with current issues that expose players to a higher incidence of concussion and associated progressive neurological disorders in Rugby and what measures we need to take in order to make it a safer sport.

 
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Hockey

The NHL is currently being sued by more than 100 of its former players. The suit alleges that the league did not do enough to protect or forewarn them about the possible consequences of concussions. Ice hockey is one of the few sports where lax rules allow players to fight on the ice with or without a 5 minute cool-down penalty.  This section deals with current issues that expose players to a higher incidence of concussion and associated progressive neurological disorders and what measures we need to take in order to make Hockey a safer sport.

 
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Soccer

Although not considered an aggressive contact sport, soccer has come into the headlines with players who head the ball and consequently have a statistically higher incidence of neurological disorders such as CTE. This section deals with current issues that expose soccer players to a higher incidence of concussion and associated progressive neurological disorders and what measures we need to take in order to make Soccer a safer sport.

 

WRESTLING

Although American Football is in the headlines for its problems dealing with concussions and CTE, it has been determined that student-athletes are more likely to get a concussion on a wrestling mat than they will playing football, according to a study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. This section deals with current issues that expose wrestlers to a higher incidence of concussion and associated progressive neurological disorders and what measures we need to take in order to make Wrestling a safer sport.

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