Making Boxing Safer

Boxing as a sport is close to my heart. Boxing is also a sport with a high risk for traumatic brain injuries. Ringside physicians are entrusted with the health and safety of boxers and combatants of other contact sports such as MMA. The health and safety of boxers is something I am passionate about.


The Powerpoint presentation reflects some of my thoughts on how boxing can be made safer primarily targeted at referees. It talks about the importance of constant communication between ringside physicians and referees. The views and opinions expressed are entirely my own. They do not reflect the views of the New York State Athletic Commission or any other boxing governing body. I disclose that I work for the New York State Athletic Commission as a ringside physician.


Nitin K Sethi, MD

3 thoughts on “Making Boxing Safer

  1. Hello,

    I’ve been scouring the internet to find information on reading my MRI results because I need a second opinion but there is no one else in town. My neurologist said I’m fine, the EEG, labs, and MRI all came back normal, but I can’t think and I can’t remember things. I’m a college student with a 4.0 GPA but now I can’t understand what I’m reading. I’ll read the same sentence over and over and I’m still unable to comprehend it. I woke up with hand tremors this morning. I’m only 30. Can I send you some images from my scan that was done last week?

  2. Dear Dr. Sethi:
    In 2012 you had a thread about Foot Drop and reading the pleas from other patients like me, all searching for answers, was very sad. However you were very kind to all of them. It is now 2017 and it seems medical science has not advanced with prognosis of severe Foot Drop.

    I received my foot drop from a wrong Scoliosis surgery here in the US; five screws were placed wrong, damaging my L5 nerve. Foot Drop is the most agonizing pain I have ever experienced, and I have had five Scoliosis surgeries! The surgeon that paralyzed my foot told me my nerves had been “stretched” and that I would get better. Months later when I wasn’t better I diagnosed myself off the internet (misplaced pedicle screws) and found another surgeon (a wonderful surgeon) to do my revision surgery. My second EMG shows some improvement. However, I’m eight months out of the revision surgery and I feel nothing different except a new tingling in my big toe. Does this mean anything? Could you comment as to whether tingling is a sign of healing or just a sign of ongoing damage? Also, is pain in Foot Drop a sign of damage or healing?

    There is still NO INFORMATION with doctors, physical therapists, or the web about whether anyone actually recovers from foot drop two years out, which is what the guess is for me, IF I recover. Further, there is little information about tendon transfer surgery. Could you comment on this, please?

    The uncomfortable sensations from this condition are truly unbearable! I’ve tried everything except for a nerve block but no one can tell me if this would help nerve pain in foot drop. Comment, please?

    Your feedback will be greatly appreciated by everyone else who suffers from this hideously painful and disabling condition.

    Thank you,


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