Boxers required to take hematoma test

THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has required all boxers fighting locally to undergo a hematoma screening after every bout.

This was disclosed by Dr. Radentor Viernes, chief of the GAB Medical Section, at the TOPS Usapang Sports online forum on Thursday.

Viernes said the agency has four handheld brain hematoma screening devices distributed to its offices in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region.

The device was used for the first time on September 4 in a boxing event in Urdaneta, Pangasinan. All 20 boxers who saw action in the fight card were scanned for free, Viernes said.

Viernes added the portable device uses near-infrared technology to screen for intracranial bleeding and other head injuries.

“This is vital to boxers because we can determine right away if the boxer needs immediate referral to a CT scan or a neurosurgical intervention,” Viernes said. “Sa mga ganitong injury kasi, the longer time before it is treated, the lesser the chance for survival.”

Viernes, however, clarified the device is not a replacement for a CT scan.

“This device is not exclusive to boxing, this can also be used in mixed martial arts and other combat sports. Puwede rin sa basketball, lalo na pag masama ang pagkakabagsak ng player and also sa motocross. Kahit may helmet sila, magkakaroon pa rin yan ng trauma,” he said.

In the virtual forum, the GAB also announced the staging of the 3rd Philippine Professional Sports Summit on September 29.

The theme for this year’s summit is “Professional Sports Through the Pandemic: The Now and Future Directions.” It will be held virtually for the second straight year.

Among the invited guest speakers are Senators Sherwin Gatchalian, Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Pia Cayetano and Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports.

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