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Parents: don't choose boxing as a sport for your children



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Australian Medical Association Limited

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Secretary General: Dr Bill Coote

PARENTS: DON’T CHOOSE BOXING AS A SPORT FOR YOUR CHILDREN & fu

AMA Federal President, Dr David Brand said that while the AMA opposes all forms of boxing, it was now campaigning for a prohibition on child boxing.

“The community service announcement sends a graphic and powerful message to parents that boxing is not an appropriate sport for children,” Dr Brand said.

“The AMA is sending the community service announcement to all television networks stations around the country to spread the anti-child boxing message. It is already being screened by one commercial network.

“We have also asked state and territory health ministers to raise this issue at the next health ministers meeting and to come to a consensus on banning child boxing throughout Australia,” Dr Brand said.

AMA Vice President and Chair of the AMA’s Ethics and Public Health Committee, Dr Sandra Hacker said medical technology demonstrates beyond doubt that chronic brain damage is caused by recurrent blows to the head experienced by all boxers, amateur and professional alike.

“No safety precautions for hitting an opponent above the neck can prevent damage to the brain and head. The only way to stop these types of injuries is to ban boxing,” Dr Hacker said.

“The danger of boxing for young people was highlighted by the 1987 death in the UK of a 15 year old amateur boxer, Joseph Sticklan, due to brain damage incurred in his second fight.

“Child boxing sends the wrong social and sporting message to young people.

“The community service announcement has been adopted from a cinema advertisement produced by the British Medical Association as part of its campaign against boxing,” Dr Hacker said.

19 November 1998

CONTACT: Dr David Brand (0411) 729 097

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