DTI predicts functional deficit in professional boxers.
Wanyong Shin 1 , Blessy Mathew 1 , Katherine Koenig 1 , Banks Sarah 2 , Mark J Lowe 1 , Michael Phillips 1 , Michael Modic 3 , and Charles Bernick 2
Imaging Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, United States,
Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Cleveland Clinic
Foundatoin, Las Vegas, Nervada, United States,
Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundatoin, Cleveland, Ohio,
The Professional Fighters Brain Health Study (PFBHS) is
a longitudinal study to monitor a cohort of active
professional fighters including boxers and mixed martial
arts (MMA) fighters annually over 4 years. In this
study, we analyzed data from the baseline visits of 305
male boxers and MMA fighters, and ran voxelwise DTI
group analysis to investigate the correlation between
whole brain DTI findings and results from a computerized
cognitive test battery (CNS Vital Signs). We found that
transverse diffusivity in white matter is highly
correlated with CNS vital measures in boxers, but not in
MMA fighters. This finding might be due to the increased
number of head blows in boxing, compared to MMA.
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