BIBA to introduce head scannerss

07 Feb 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

The British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) is to introduce handheld scanners to detect bleeding on the brain in an effort to improve care ringside.

It is hoped the device will be used at an event in Bradford on 26th February. BIBA will offer use of the scanners to fighters who compete under the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

However, the BBBofC told media that it “does not recognise” BIBA and it will continue to do its own research and use its own medical practices.

The move comes after Mike Towell died from head injuries sustained in September, six months after Nick Blackwell was hospitalised following a bleed to the brain.

The scanners have been purchased following sponsorship from an Australian backer at £12,000 each and will be used to check fighters before and after fights.

Scanners can detect brain bleeds with an accuracy of 90% and operate by shining a laser beam into the head. It takes about three minutes to complete and the use by BIBA will form part of a broad medical undertaken by fighters before fights.

BIBA vice-president Gianluca Di Caro told BBC Sport: "It's not about us and the fighters we work with versus fighters with other organisations. It is about all the fighters.

"If there is a fighter anywhere, who has been suffering with headaches, he needs to know we will go to him and do a scan. Sometimes we will just have to move quickly to ensure that any boxer can be helped.

"We will have one scanner by 22 February, another is on order and our aim is to have 10. I will raise the sponsorship to do that."