According to a study published in Injury Epidemiology, combat sports like Muay Thai tend to create unrealistically lower perceptions of possible injury, which in turn creates a higher actual risk of injury because the fighters tend to undermine the possibility of physical harm.
The Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Center in Thailand has also recently completed scans of 200 boxers under the age of fifteen. The researchers from the ADIC found evidence of brain injury in the young boxers, including the build-up of iron and pass on ‘healed’ bleeding in the brain.
Ironically, the young fighters who want to continue boxing say that a “little injury” is nothing compared to having no money – precisely because many of the boxing matches where even the amateur fighters compete in pay their fighters a substantial amount compared to what day laborers in Thailand earn in a day.
Ultimately – the boxing culture in Thailand will continue nurturing each new generation of boxers from all age groups. However, the physical dangers of this combat sport are real, and experts should certainly intervene to keep matches and training sessions safer for all of those involved.