How much brain damage (if any) are you likely to get over time from recreational sparring in Western boxing or Muay Thai kickboxing?


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This really depends on whether or not we’re training intelligently. Hard sparring is very rarely needed. 90% or more of sparring needs to be done light so that timing is improved, but damage doesn’t build up. Even in Thailand all Muay Thai sparring is done extremely light. The only hard sparring is done with boxing so that fighters get accustomed to feeling power as well as seeing and defending punches with bad intentions, but headgear is always worn and vaseline is always applied to the face when this sparring is done to reduce damage done to each fighter. Furthermore boxing sparring happens far less often than Muay Thai sparring in Thailand so that fighters do not take too much damage in the gym.