Extreme Fighter Dies from Brain Injury following bout


MMA Carnage

Source: Kelly Bailey

Booto Guylain died on February 27, 2014 following a ProMMA Extreme Fighting Championship bout held in Johannesberg, South Africa. Guylain received an elbow to the head early during the bout which ended the flight and ultimately was the cause of his death from traumatic brain injury later at a nearby hospital.

Guylain’s death further focuses on sports-related TBI. As we heard in Ben Orlando’s podcast regarding the demise of football on History Repeating itself, football is following the footsteps of boxing in terms of a growing awareness of the violent nature of the sport. Yet, there is a fascination with Extreme and Ultimate Fighting in which a “no holds” approach to combat in the ring prevails. While there are fewer fighters in the ultimate and extreme fighting sports than there are football players, the likelihood of serious injury is very high. Are we not paying attention to this sport and the dangers because it sits on the fringe of our awareness?

What is the difference between an athletic competition and a brawl? Its time to take a look at sanctioned violence in sports. Click here to read about Booto Guylain’s TBI-related death in this Bleacher Report article.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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