Third, I gotta disagree w/CaliforniaLaw. There’s a reason some people take up fighting and others take up basketball or golf. I’ve been fighting since I was twelve and I don’t know of anything else that has helped me battle my demons. If you have something clawing at your insides the ring or cage is a good place to deal with him.
There is a mountain of evidence linking head trauma with depression. Jeremy Williams, who by all accounts didn’t show any signs of depression, recently killed himself. Chris Benoit just killed his wife, son, and self. Recent studies have shown that NFL players who suffered concussions are much more likely to suffer from depression:
The science is quite clear. Someone who has been dealing with severe enough depression that he’s been medicated does not need to suffer head trauma.
The OP, in his profile, stated: “I’ve also had to work through severe panic disorder/depression for 19 years and a bunch of meds to try and control it.”
Someone in such a state is not “wrestling with demons.” There is a difference between wrestling with demons or having a chip on your shoulder; and suffering from clinical depression.
I have gone through my share of life’s drama. I have had my ups-and-downs. I have wrestled with demons. I have also witnessed people fight clinical depression. There is absolutely no comparison. Clinical depression is a specific medical condition. Just because it occurs in the “mind,” doesn’t make it any different from a “physical” injury like a torn ACL.
Everyone is entitled to his opinion. But when one’s opinion is uniformed and goes against scientific fact, then that opinion should be weighted accordingly.
The scientific evidence is clear. The OP should avoid getting hit in the head. He can, of course, do whatever he wants. But he should make his decision only after being fully informed of the risks associated with his conduct.[/quote]
You have a good point, but I really think the degree of risk depends on what Kaleb’s intentions are in MMA. Do you intend to pursue a pro or ammatuer career in the ring? You’re probably risking your health. But how many people these days take up MMA training for fun or to get in shape? Kaleb, if you are just training and don’t intend to get in the cage I don’t think you’re gonna get your head punched in (at least not to a serious degree). Sparring is a learning exercise, not a brawl. If you see people getting knocked out in your gym you’re probably training with a bunch of assholes to begin with. IMHO