It is well documented that many athletes in contact and combat sports suffer long term cognitive problems. CTE is real. Its link to repeated head hits is now so well established that both the CDC and NIH admit that it is ’caused’ be repeated concussive and sub concussive blows. Despite knowledge of CTE (or ‘punch … More “Minimal Evidence” Alcohol (As Opposed To Repeated Brain Trauma) Responsible For Athlete Cognitive Problems
Adding to this site’s data base of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Journal of Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine documenting the facial injury rate in a decade of UFC bouts. The study, titled Characteristics of Facial Trauma in Professional Mixed Martial Arts, reviewed 10 years worth of medical records from UFC … More Study Documents Facial Injuries In Decade of UFC Bouts
Data was recently published in the Journal Neurology demonstrating that some boxers and MMA fighters experience cognitive and even some brain structure improvement once they retire from fighting. The data was presented earlier this year at the Association of Ringside Physicians 2022 annual conference. It has now been published in the Journal Neurology titled Longitudinal … More Study – Some Fighters Enjoy Cognitive Improvement With Retirement
Only 6% of polled combat sports coaches had adequate brain health knowledge. Let’s get that to 100%. Below are high resolution PDF files of the posters co-created by Fighting Foundation and the Association of Ringside Physicians. (The CTE poster has two options to choose from, one with all the information on one page and one … More Let’s Knockout Brain Health Ignorance From Combat Sports!
CTE, a disease that can only be formally diagnosed post death, is probably the greatest occupational hazard combat sports athletes face. Finding tools to help fighters pull the plug on their career before too much damage is done is of significant importance. Educational initiatives about this presently incurable disease are a vital starting point. Among … More Neuropsychiatrist Recommends Boxer Specific CTE Screening Practices
In an announcement I am very proud to make our charitable organization Fighting Foundation along side the Association of Ringside Physicians have teamed up to create medically sound, easy to understand and vitally important posters for the combat sports community educating the public about Concussion and CTE. These are free for anyone to use. Tailored … More Fighting Foundation and Ringside Doctors Team Up to Create Concussion and CTE Posters For Gyms!
Update – I made a formal public record’s request to Nevada and obtained a copy of the official slap fighting rules the commission approved. Here they are in full OFFICIAL RULES OF POWER SLAPA. PromoterSchiaffo LLC (the “Promoter”).B. Matches & ParticipantsPower Slap matches (each a “Match”) consist of two unarmed combatants. Each combatant participates as … More Nevada Approves Official “Slap Fighting” Ruleset; Asks Promoter to Make Sure “No One Dies”
Although this study is a few years old its findings are important and worth adding to this site’s database of combat sports health and safety studies. In 2018 data was published finding that having a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury was linked with a “2-fold higher risk of subsequent suicide“. The study is titled … More Concussion Linked With “2-fold higher risk of subsequent suicide”
Damage from brain injury can go beyond the brain. That is the suggestion of freshly publsihed research. A study was published this month finding that there was a high rate of cardiovascular disease in individuals who had a past traumatic brain injury. The study, titled Association Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Subsequent Cardiovascular Disease Among … More Study – Brain Injury May Lead To Increased Cardiovascular Disease
A study was recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health analysing head strike rates in MMA. In the study, titled Head Trauma Exposure in Mixed Martial Arts, the authors reviewed all numbered UFC events from the year 2000-2021. They reviewed the number of head impacts received and then analyzed these … More Study – Women Absorb More Head Strikes Than Men in MMA