A Doctor Reacted to Jake Paul’s Knockout and CTE Claims

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Photo credit: Al Bello - Getty Images
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YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul faced off against former UFC fighter Ben Askren last night, and knocked out his opponent in the first round. The whole fight lasted just under two minutes. In a new video, YouTuber and physical rehab expert Dr. Brian Sutterer breaks down exactly what happened in that KO moment.

He explains that concussion occurs as a consequence of rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head, which causes the brain to impact against the inside of the skull. "Whenever that trauma occurs to the brain, you get a massive depolarization, or release of electric charge, that causes this massive chain of events in the brain that result in you losing consciousness, developing the symptoms of a concussion," he says.

"Our brains are working off all of these electrical impulses and chemicals that are communicating between neurons, and whenever this blow comes in, it basically discharges all at once, causing a resetting of the brain, which is why you have a gradual recovery after coming out of getting hit like this."

He adds that, given the trauma that had already occurred in those first two minutes, it was in Askren's best interests that the fight endedd there. "A subsequent dangerous shot, which it looked like Paul was going to keep delivering, could have resulted in more serious trauma," he says.

Sutterer also addresses a controversy from earlier in the week, specifically relating to Paul's comments at a press conference in which he claimed to have shown early signs of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in a brain scan. Sutterer remarks that CTE would not show up on a brain scan, and that there is in fact no reliable clinical method for diagnosing CTE in a living person.

Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

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