Choked72 -Kirik -
I have followed CTE pretty closely, and I don't think it's the monster KOs that does it. I think it's the sub-concussive blows from sparring 3 x a week, for 20 years. So the guys most likely to develop CTE are not going to be obvious from looking at the ass end of highlight reels.
Can you elaborate on what you see as some of the other variables to accelerating CTE?
For example, size/weight class? Lifestyle? Diet? Sport(I assume boxing would be the most impactful)?
The number on contributing factor is head trauma. After that, even for smart people, it's just guess work. For me, it's like making s up.
But, yah, I think it's the hard sparring. It sort of stands to reason biologically. Via falls, violence, etc, we get hit hugely in the head occassionally during our life. That should leave us f'd to tears. But I don't think we are woodpeckers, built to take endless head trauma. I mean, evolutionarily, how would that happen?
After head trauma, and this is purely anecdotal, so take it for what it's worth which is about nothing, I think partying (drugs and probably more significantly alcohol) plays a huge role. It could simply be that beer is a diuertic. But I've seen guys that never booze seemingly do fine, and guys who party hard seem to get punchy more readily. It's not like a hard and fast rule, but def seems to trend that way.
And I think heavyweights get less CTE than I would expect, I think maybe because they don't cut.
I am super interested in what other people might think?