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March 10, 1989

Boxing-Related Injuries in the US Army, 1980 Through 1985

JAMA. 1989;261(10):1463-1466. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420100099031

Boxing-related injuries, serious enough to involve hospitalization in US Army hospitals, were studied from 1980 through 1985. On average, there were 67 hospitalizations annually, with the injured spending an average of 5.1 days in bed and 8.9 days disabled, unfit for duty. There was one death from serious head injury and one instance of unilateral blindness from ocular trauma requiring enucleation. Head injuries accounted for 68% of all the injuries and were more common in the younger and presumably less experienced boxers. The advisability of continued promotion of boxing in the military needs to be addressed.

(JAMA 1989;261:1463-1466)