“Attractive” Biomarker Identified for Diagnosing Brain Injury

Finding a quick, efficient and objective way to diagnose traumatic brain injury is one of the advances medical science continues to strive for. A goal that would have particular value in combat sports. A recent study published in the journal Neurology identifies a biomarker which is promising in reaching this goal. In the recent study, … More “Attractive” Biomarker Identified for Diagnosing Brain Injury

Study – Rapid Weght Cuts By MMA Fighter Linked to Renal Damage

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Journal of Hypertension finding that rapid extreme weight cutting by a mixed martial artist was likley linked to renal damage. In the study, titled “IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) WEIGHT LOSS BY DEHYDRATION RESULTS IN ACUTE EFFECTS ON KIDNEY FUNCTION“, … More Study – Rapid Weght Cuts By MMA Fighter Linked to Renal Damage

ARP Releases Consensus Statement on Safe Fighter Pre Bout Blood Pressure Levels

The Association of Ringside Physicians, one of the leading organizations addressing health and safety standards in combat sports, has recently released a consensus statement about when fighters should be pulled from a bout based on their pre fight blood pressure levels. In short the ARP notes that elevated blood pressure is a danger for fighters … More ARP Releases Consensus Statement on Safe Fighter Pre Bout Blood Pressure Levels

Study – MMA Winners Suffer More Orthopaedic Injuries, Losers More Concussions

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

Study Speculates Weight Cutting to Blame for Fighters Suffering Greatest Brain Volume Reduction

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

Groundbreaking Concussion Test Could Be Gamechanger For Combat Sports

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

Study – Average MMA Fighter Gains Over 8% Body Mass From Weigh Ins to Fight Time

Rapid Extreme Weight Cutting is a prevalent occurrence in mixed martial arts with many injuries and even deaths tied to the practice. The practice is employed with fighters either hoping to gain a size advantage over their opponent, or given how common the practice has become, to prevent having a size disadvantage. A recent study … More Study – Average MMA Fighter Gains Over 8% Body Mass From Weigh Ins to Fight Time

Study – Risk of CTE From MMA “Should Not Be Underestimated”

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports health and safety studies, research was recently published in the Journal of The Physician and Sports Medicine addressing brain injury rates and risks of impairment from MMA. In the study, titled Head Injury in Mixed Martial Arts: a Review of Epidemiology, Affected Brain Structures and Risks of Cognitive … More Study – Risk of CTE From MMA “Should Not Be Underestimated”

Study Shows Modern Concussion Treatment Strategies Lead to Faster Symptom Recovery

In recent years concussion recovery advice has shifted from a model of strict physical and mental rest while symptoms persist to a more active model with activity being recommended so long as symptoms are not aggravated. A recent study was published in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine reviewing the recovery of athletes who suffered and … More Study Shows Modern Concussion Treatment Strategies Lead to Faster Symptom Recovery

Study – Early MMA Weigh Ins “Exacerbated” Effects of Rapid Weight Cutting

In 2016 the California State Athletic Commission spearheaded reforms to the culture of rapid extreme weight cuts in combat sports. One of the reforms created was an earlier weigh-in to “ensure healthy rehydration and penalize athletes who engage in extreme weight cutting” which was widely adopted by other regulators. Recently a study was published examining … More Study – Early MMA Weigh Ins “Exacerbated” Effects of Rapid Weight Cutting