Journal article

Prediction of winning amateur boxers using pretournament reaction times

D Darby, J Moriarity, R Pietrzak, J Kutcher, K Mcaward, P Mccrory

The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness | EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA | Published : 2014

Abstract

AIM: Boxing requires agility and manual dexterity, which is associated with fast reflexes and reaction time. This study evaluated the relation between reaction times on cognitive tasks and competition outcomes in boxers. METHODS: The design was a prospective cohort study. Participants were collegiate amateur boxers who won at least one bout in a single elimination tournament. Optimal pre-participation performance using a computerized cognitive assessment tool (CCAT, Axon Sports) and no significant deterioration in cognitive performance within 24 hours post-bout was required to compete in future bouts. Winners were assumed to be motivated to perform optimally on testing. Performance on speed ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Dr. Darby is a shareholder and consultant for CogState Ltd (which owns Axon Sports), and neurologist employed in academic and private practice. Dr. Moriarity is a sports physician employed at the University of Notre Dame, and consultant for Axon Sports. Dr. Pietrzak is a neuropsychologist and consultant for CogState Ltd. Dr. Kutcher is Sports Section Chair for the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. McAward is a sports physician employed at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. McCrory is a neurologist, and received research and educational funding from CogState Ltd.