Boxing Can Help PTSD, stories about ptsd


Boxing, aggression, violence and PTSD relate in interesting ways. 

I was asked recently to review a book by Ian Probert called “Dangerous” about the lives of boxers. Pithy, engaging profound, Probert makes observations about the boxers he knows and once knew.

Dangerous,,  reveals the cryptic world of boxing. I am not a huge boxing fan except for Muhammed Ali, and I was pulled into this intimate portrait. Probert quit writing as a boxing journalist when the boxer he was following becomes critically injured from a brutal fight. He returns 20 years later, examining the lives of past boxing champions he once knew, and where they are now. We learn of the wins, defeats, the struggles and unfairness…the camaraderie...

Boxers exclaim boxing saved their lives when they were at dead ends in their lives. They used boxing to get out the emotions of being brutally beaten by parents or bullies. Boxers also fight because they love the sport.

Physical abuse, sexual abuse CAN cause PTSD. When one struggles with PTSD, you have to find and search for the triggers for flashbacks and depression, find the right meds, get into therapy and then find something where the experiences can be expressed and verified. I know because I have travelled this road for a lifetime and it make take a lifetime for an individual to find those answers. There is no cure for PTSD, but you can manage it and lead a good life.

In an article in the LA times by Lance Pugmire, titled “Boxing has helped Army veteran Sammy Vasquez work through PTSD” Vasquez, 29, had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“You can’t prepare yourself for what you think war is,” Vasquez said. “You see someone you’re there with every day, talk about getting home … and then one of them ends up dead. That jacks your brain up … you get a lot of anger, aggression.”

Boxer Vasquez, a welterweight on the road to a title, states that boxing helps him to relieve, helps to separate out the anxiety, paranoia and aggression that he deals with every day.

The rawness of boxing and life in and of itself, is inherently fraught with danger. Search for your answers in unsuspecting places.


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