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Football, Boxing, Brain Trauma and Low Testosterone and Growth Hormone Levels – Ouch! Part II


I wish to clarify some points made in the first part of this article, which centered on ESPN’s special on Contact Sports and Brain Trauma (reference here).

Although most of us are aware of the obvious risks that contact sports pose to cognitive function – few understand the risks posed to hormonal function. Unless someone has been previously exposed to this research, the idea that brain trauma can lower testosterone levels is counter intuitive – given that testosterone is produced in the testes and not in the brain. However, you can see how this is both possible and logical since it is the pituitary gland’s production of LH (luteinizing hormone) that is responsible for the production and regulation of testosterone in the testes.

In the video, former World Champion James Toney was shocked when his doctor told him he had low testosterone levels as a possible result of brain trauma. A condition that doctors are only now beginning to understand. The documentary depicts an ironic twist of how contact sport athletes – known for their reputation of testosterone-related aggression – risk suffering from low testosterone as a result of the unavoidable hits they incur.

It is important that both athletes and especially parents of child athletes are well informed of every given sport’s risks. Only then can we innovate the necessary safety provisions to better protect all participants from harm.


Please feel free to share or let us know your thoughts on this very important topic.

Yours in strength,

Coach Craig Smith

Football, Boxing, Brain Trauma, Low Testosterone Levels, and Growth Hormone Levels– Ouch! Part I


It has always been widely known that severe blows to the head incurred from contact sports such as boxing caused irreparable destruction of brain cells. Recently the medical community has determined that such blows can also damage the pituitary gland that secretes many of the body’s most important hormones – particularly those responsible for the body’s presence of testosterone and hGh (hormone growth hormone.)

Former world boxing champion James Toney and many other contact sports athletes reportedly suffer from low testosterone levels which may be attributed to brain trauma as discussed in this ESPN Report.


James Toney demonstrates the kind of blows that can wreak havoc on the pituitary gland.

Could this be a contributing and perhaps arguably ethical reason behind why Toney and other contact sport athletes such as football players widely resort to using anabolic steroids?

I know what you are thinking… low testosterone levels in a man is not exactly an attractive attribute. It is bad enough, boxers have to deal with jokes and characterizations about being punch drunk. But now low testosterone levels? The very precursor to low libido, low energy, depression and impotence??? Talk about a woman’s idea of a fun date!

I shudder to think of the social stigma that will be attached to this new finding. So if your single, maybe it’s not a great idea to brag to your date or Facebook page that you are a boxer, a football player or any kind of contact sport’s athlete for that matter.

Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this hot and very controversial topic.

Yours in strength,

Coach Craig Smith

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