Will Ali AbdelAziz’s Antics Bring Disciplinary Consequences From the Nevada Athletic Commission?

This week prominent MMA manager Ali Abdel Aziz made headlines for all the wrong reasons.  It is reported that he is accused of battery in two separate cases in Las Vegas. One stemming from a run-in with fighter Colby Covington and the second from reportedly striking competing manager Abe Kawa “with a closed fist on … More Will Ali AbdelAziz’s Antics Bring Disciplinary Consequences From the Nevada Athletic Commission?

Study Shows Mileage Matters When It Comes to Brain Health and Contact Sports

Adding to the growing medical literature connecting Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE”) and exposure to contact sports an important study was published this week in the Annals of Neurology finding that for every year an individual plays football their chances of developing the brain disease increases by 30%. In the study, titled Duration of American Football … More Study Shows Mileage Matters When It Comes to Brain Health and Contact Sports

Survey Reveals “Many Ringside Physicians Likely Going Without Proper Malpractice Liability Coverage”

The second issue of Association of Ringside Physicians’ (ARP) Journal of Combat Sports Medicine was published today and included was a study summarizing survey results demonstrating a  lack of understanding of various legal issues at play when Ringside Physicians are sued for negligence and further that many members are likely overseeing events without proper malpractice … More Survey Reveals “Many Ringside Physicians Likely Going Without Proper Malpractice Liability Coverage”

Study – Excessive Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts Linked to Higher Loss Rates in MMA

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study archives a recent article was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research analysing win/loss ratios and rapid extreme weight cuts. In the study, titled Weight-Cutting Implications for Competition Outcomes in Mixed Martial Arts Cage Fighting, the authors reviewed the weight cuts, weight gains and competition … More Study – Excessive Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts Linked to Higher Loss Rates in MMA

Study – The Science Behind the Rear Naked Choke

Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies, a recent article was published in International Journal of Neuroscience discussing the exact physiology at play when a person becomes unconscious from a vascular neck restraint (think rear naked choke).  In the study, titled There is more to the mechanism of unconsciousness from vascular neck restraint … More Study – The Science Behind the Rear Naked Choke

Study – Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI Shows Promise in Imaging Sub Concussive Brain Trauma

Moderate and severe brain injuries can be seen via diagnostic imaging.  Concussions can not be seen via imaging but by definition come with clinically significant symptoms which themselves should be a red flag for athletes that they have suffered harm from brain trauma.  Sub concussive brain trauma, on the other hand, remains diagnostically elusive.  A … More Study – Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI Shows Promise in Imaging Sub Concussive Brain Trauma

Ringside Doctor – Tim Hague Assessed for “Depression and Suicidal Ideation” Before Fatal Bout

A Ringside Physician present at Tim Hague’s fatal boxing bout in 2017 admitted in court filings that Hague was assessed for “Depression and Suicidal Ideation” in the months prior to his death. As previously discussed Hague, a former UFC fighter, died from brain trauma after a boxing bout on June 16, 2017 in Edmonton Alberta. … More Ringside Doctor – Tim Hague Assessed for “Depression and Suicidal Ideation” Before Fatal Bout

Study – “Acute and Transient Brain Changes” Seen After 9 Minutes of Boxing Sparring

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study archives, a study was recently published in Frontiers of Human Neuroscience suggesting that sparring with head impacts for even a short duration results in immediate measurable impact in cognitive function. In the study, titled Understanding the consequences of Repetitive Subconcussive Head Impacts in Sport: Brain changes and dampened … More Study – “Acute and Transient Brain Changes” Seen After 9 Minutes of Boxing Sparring

City of Edmonton Looks To Hide Behind Waiver in Tim Hague Wrongful Death Suit

Update August 13, 2019 – KO Boxing, the promoter for the bout in question and co-Defendant in the lawsuit have now filed their Statement of Defense.  They conclude with the following position: “At the time of the Braidwood fight, the Deceased was an adult with the capacity to make decisions affecting his health and safety, … More City of Edmonton Looks To Hide Behind Waiver in Tim Hague Wrongful Death Suit