Breaking – Kansas Brings Brain Health Knowledge Requirement To Combat Sports

Today a press release was issued by the Fighting Foundation highlighting a breaking development with the Kansas Athletic Commission.

The press release speaks for itself and is published below in full. Kansas has adopted a brain health knowledge test for fighters and seconds who will need to demonstrate knowledge of CTE, concussion and other brain health occupational hazards of professional combat sports. A great development!

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Kansas Athletic Commission first in nation to adopt fighter and corner safety licensing protocols.

Board votes unanimously for sweeping licensing reform.

TOPEKA, KS. (May 10, 2022) – The Kansas Athletic Commission (KAC), led by departing Executive Director Adam Roorbach and interim Director Alejandra Prieto, unanimously passed a measure on Tuesday May 10th to implement fighter and corner safety licensing protocols that will bring potentially life-saving education to professional fighters and teams competing in the state of Kansas.

“The KAC unanimously approved for the development of concussion related questions to be added to our licensing process,” said Roorbach “educating fighters about concussions and CTE is paramount to our core mission of fighter safety and we applaud the Fighting Foundation for their work in this field and look forward to partnering together in the future.”

KAC is partnered with Fighting Foundation (501c3) on the development of the initiative that is designed to educate and test the knowledge of combat sports participants on the occupational hazards for purpose of licensing within the state.  “There is no cure for CTE” said Fighting Foundation President Rose Gracie, “however there is a cure for ignorance and it starts with our allies in Kansas.”

Fighting Foundation is working with a number of state athletic commissions and fight promotions from around the world on similar reform.  Gracie says, “Everybody has a role to play in weeding out brain health misinformation from combat sports. We are proud Kansas is doing their share.”

Known for their forward-leaning stance on combat sports reform, KAC is again first in the nation to institute a policy that reaches beyond the fighter, including the support team to protect the health and safety of combat sports participants.

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About The Kansas Athletic Commission
The Kansas Athletic Commission (KAC) was formed in 2005 and is in place to regulate combat sports within the state of Kansas and to promote fighter safety above all else.  The commission regulates mixed martial arts, professional boxing, kickboxing and professional wrestling.  Along with these combat sports, the commission also oversees Jiu-Jitsu and grappling tournaments around the state.

About Fighting Foundation 501c3
Fighting Foundation is a 501c3 formed in 2021 to focus on the health and safety of combat sports participants.  Founded by combat sports legacy daughters Rose Gracie and Carla Duran in partnership with Lawyer Erik Magraken and Neurologist Dr. Renato Anghinah, the organization provides education, resources, treatment and research around the world in the combat sports space.

For more information contact: info@fightingfoundation.org 


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