The California State Athletic Commission has been one of the more vocal regulators about the dangers of Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts in combative sports. They continue to take action with the AC’s Executive Officer, Andy Foster, recently being grated permission to purchase a Body Composition Analyzer to use at weigh ins.
In a meeting held earlier this year, Foster voiced concern to the commission about the link between dehydration and traumatic brain injury noting that “dehydration is a problem right in front of us and we see it all the time“. In addition to warning athletes of these risks, Foster sought, and was granted permission, to purchase a Body Composition Analyzer and also a portable brain scanner which could help detect hematomas. A budget of $20,000 was approved to purchase these items. Here are the minutes of the discussion –