39% Kickboxing Injury Rate Revealed in 15 Year NSAC Record Review

NoteThe below findings likely exclude concussions which appear to be “significantly underreported” with the authors noting that 40% of contests end in KO/TKO and concussions are likely in many of these bouts.  In other words, the study finds there is a 39% reported injury rate in kickboxing bouts in addition to the likely brain trauma that comes from bouts ending in KO/TKO


In the latest safety study addressing combat sports, professional and amateur kickboxing records were reviewed revealing 39% injury rate for competitors.

In the recent study, titled Injuries to Professional and Amateur Kickboxing Contestants, published this month in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, the authors obtained and reviewed data describing fight outcomes and injuries sustained during professional and amateur kickboxing contests over a 15-year period from the official records of the Nevada Athletic Commission.

The records revealed an overall injury incidence rate of 390.1 injuries per fighter per 1000 contests.

The data further showed that professional fighters were 2.5 times more likely to get injured compared with amateurs.

The most commonly injured anatomic regions were the head (57.8%) and lower extremity (26.1%), while the most common types of injury were laceration (70.6%) and fracture (20.6%).

Study Table 1

The full study can be found here – Injuries to Professional and Amateur Kickboxing Contestants

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