Adding to this site’s database of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine reviewing injury data from 2 years of MMA contests from two different jurisdictions. In the recent study, titled Injury Profile of Mixed Martial Arts Competitions in the United States, the authors reviewed data … More Study – MMA Winners Suffer More Orthopaedic Injuries, Losers More Concussions
The Professional Fighters Brain Health Study has generated much useful data. The study, conducted out of the Cleveland Clinic Luo Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas has been compiling data since 2011 giving insight into the tolls professional fighting takes on athletes’ brains. The latest data, published in Neurotrauma Reports, canvasses brain volume … More Study Speculates Weight Cutting to Blame for Fighters Suffering Greatest Brain Volume Reduction
Do you have a concussion? There presently is no objective diagnostic test to answer this question. Generally the question is answered through a series of subjective symptoms. This could all change with a non-invasive diagnostic test just reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The new study notes that through a simple saliva sample … More Groundbreaking Concussion Test Could Be Gamechanger For Combat Sports
In Part 2 of my latest YouTube video at Combat Sports Lawyer Explains I canvass the World Anti Doping Agency’s test for Therapeutic Use Exemptions and explain how the first ever TUE by an athletic commission met this test for medical marijuana. If you are looking for more on this topic here are some quick links: Part … More Cannabis For Fighters Part 2 – Therapeutic Use Exemptions
In my latest YouTube video at Combat Sports Lawyer Explains I tackle all things cannabis under WADA’s prohibited list. If you are looking for more on this topic here are some quick links: ABC Recommends Lighter Cannabis Sanctions WADA Creates “Substances of Abuse” Category For Anti Doping MMA Returned to Canada With Historic Cannabis TUE in Place A Simple Fix … More Cannabis for Fighters and the WADA Prohibited List
Some controversy has arisen in the past few weeks in mixed martial arts. Back to back UFC main events were derailed after bout ending fouls. One was called accidental. The other intentional. The designation can make a vast difference on bout outcome with results varying (depending on timing and foul designation) of potentially going to … More What Are “Intentional” and “Accidental” Fouls in MMA?
This past weekend the first professional MMA card took place in Canada since the Covid-19 shutdown. RiseFC 6 took place in Victoria BC on March 13, 2021. The BC Athletic Commission was the first Canadian commission to resume operations hopefully paving the way for other Provinces to get professional combative sports back on track. The … More MMA Returned to Canada With Historic Cannabis TUE in Place
Critics of open scoring in mixed martial arts often point to the fact fighters that know they are winning will use that knowledge to coast to victory which will lead to boring fights. Last month the Kansas Athletic Commission, a leading jurisdiction when it comes to experimenting with open scoring, released data suggesting this is … More More Open Scoring Data Reveals Fighters Are Not Coasting to Victory
Today the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports’ (the “ABC”) Medical Advisory Committee released their position noting that cannabis should be treated far lighter than other drugs when it comes to in competition failure. It should be noted that lighter cannabis sanctions should be the norm as of this year by jurisdictions who follow … More ABC Recommends Lighter Cannabis Sanctions
The Unified Rules of MMA require judges to first and foremost determine the winner of any round looking at effective striking and effective grappling. Judges are instructed that these “shall be considered the first priority of round assessments” and if a round winner can be determined using these criteria then no other factors are looked … More Study – Do MMA Judges Undervalue Submission Attempts?