Neuropsychologically, the boxers had an inferior finger-tapping performance. Thus, no signs of serious chronic brain damage were found among any of the groups studied. However, the electroencephalography and finger-tapping differences between the groups might indicate slight brain dysfunction in some of the amateur boxers. blows to the head in amateur boxing appear to cause brain damage, according to research that presented at the american academy of neurologys 59th annual meeting in boston, april 28 -- may 5, 2007. amateur boxing is a different sport from professional boxing, including in its motivation to participate, rules, and equipment, but, most importantly, there is considerably greater exposure to injury in professionals (increased frequency and force of punches over a greater duration of career). 9 we looked at the data for chronic traumatic brain injury in amateur boxing alone. you likely knew that professional boxing causes brain damage but a new study shows it is more than just an assumption, even about amateurs. Researchers analyzing 30 top-level swedish boxers found changes in brain fluids after bouts, which indicates nerve cell damage. It has been debated for quite some time whether olympic (amateur) boxing is hazardous to the brain. researchers report that even the relatively mild blows to the head incurred by amateur boxers appear to cause brain damage. The researchers analyzed the cerebrospinal fluid of 14 amateur boxers. a new study shows that amateur boxers experience traumatic brain injury, despite the use of protective headgear. i looked up some articles on google and found some articles saying there is a chance of brain damage and others saying that there is no strong evidence that there is any link between amateur boxing and brain damage. In the amateurs we spar with headgear on and 16 oz gloves, and we fight with headgear with 10 oz gloves. Head guards were removed from all senior male boxers in january 2013. A review of bouts between amateur boxers before the removal of head guards compared to after head guards were removed suggested a marked reduction in knockouts and a reduction in bouts-stopped-due-to-blows-to-the-head.