Dr. Barry Jordan Interviewed on HBO's The Fight Game With Jim Lampley
Dr. Barry Jordan, a neurologist who serves on the ARP Board of Directors and who is the Chief Medical Officer for the New York State Athletic Commission, recently was interviewed on May’s episode of The Fight Game With Jim Lampley. Dr. Jordan expressed his opinion regarding the controversial ruling in men’s amateur boxing, which no longer requires headgear in this summer’s Olympic Games.
Dr. Jordan offered his expertise on chronic traumatic encephalopathy and questioned the scientific validity of unpublished studies, which purport that boxing without headgear reduces the risk of concussion. The ARP is in favor of headgear in amateur boxing. As noted in a recently issued ARP Position Statement:
“There are fewer head and facial injuries when using headgear in amateur boxing. Amateur boxing is a relatively safe sport, and eliminating headgear will make amateur boxing less safe. The ARP supports the continued use of headgear in amateur boxing, as well as efforts to improve the effectiveness of the headgear.”
Dr. Barry Jordan, right, with The Fight Game With Jim Lampley correspondent Melissa Stark