Some sports, the so-called ‘full-contact’ sports like rugby, American football and boxing can be dangerous. Now, the truth about the long-term effects on players who make a career taking heavy tackles or punches to the head is being slowly revealed. Neil and Georgina talk about the topic and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
This week’s question
Boxing is one of the most dangerous sports, and so my quiz question is about a famous boxer. Born in 1949, this boxer has remained mentally and physically fit despite years of punishment in the boxing ring. But who am I talking about?
a) Muhammad Ali
b) George Foreman
c) Mike Tyson
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.
a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head
(to be) off
bad or worse than usual; below the usual standard
strange and unpleasant
pick up the pieces
try to return to normality after a crisis or collapse
bright as a button
very happy and cheerful, intelligent, and full of energy
supply of something that is kept and stored for future use
To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-210812