Combatives Doctors Cautioned to Lookout for Vertebral Artery Dissection Following Complications From Chokeholds

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study archives a recent article was published warning doctors overseeing combative sports training to be aware of the risk of spontaneous vertebral artery dissection following a chokehold submission. In the recent article, titled Vertebral Artery Dissection in Active-Duty Soldier Due to Mixed Martial Arts Choke Hold, the authors highlight … More Combatives Doctors Cautioned to Lookout for Vertebral Artery Dissection Following Complications From Chokeholds

Study – Genetic Factors May Play Role in CTE Severity

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study summaries, research was recently published in the Journal Acta Neuropathologica suggesting genetic factors may play a role in severity of CTE.  Of note the study does not suggest that genetics cause CTE with Dr. Thor D. Stein, one of the study’s authors, telling the Boston Globe “environmental … More Study – Genetic Factors May Play Role in CTE Severity

Study – The Aftermath of Boxing Revisited – Yes, Its a high likelihood of CTE

An interesting study was recently published revisiting earlier data from the 1970’s with a modern understanding of CTE. In the earlier study, titled The Aftermath of Boxing, researchers published results in 1973 which noted a variety of neuropathological changes in retired boxers.  Brain tissue samples remained available from the initial participants and in a new … More Study – The Aftermath of Boxing Revisited – Yes, Its a high likelihood of CTE

Study – MMA Fighters Remain Compromised 24 Hours After Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts

Adding to this site’s archives of combative sports safety studies, a study was recently published in the Journal of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists shedding more light on the physical compromises associated with rapid extreme weight cutting in combat sports. In the recent article, titled “Physiological Function is Not Fully Regained With 24 Hours of Rapid … More Study – MMA Fighters Remain Compromised 24 Hours After Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts

Study – Retired Fighters Should Be Screened For Hypopituitarism

Adding to this site’s archives of combative sports safety studies, a study was recently published in the Journal of Neurotrauma suggesting that retired combat sports athletes should be screened for hypopituitarism as “traumatic brain injury induced pituitary dysfunction occurs more frequently than previously estimated“. The full study is titled Sports Related Repetitive Head Trauma: A Novel … More Study – Retired Fighters Should Be Screened For Hypopituitarism

Study – More Head Injuries Documented From Wrestling than Boxing and Martial Arts

Adding to this site’s archives of combative sports safety studies, a study was recently published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine noting that more cases of mild traumatic brain injury were noted from participation in wrestling than in boxing or other martial arts. In the recent study, titled “Incidence of Combat Sport-Related Mild Traumatic … More Study – More Head Injuries Documented From Wrestling than Boxing and Martial Arts

Study – MMA Fighters Sustain Worse Wrist/Hand Damage than Boxers

Adding to this site’s database of combative sports safety studies, a paper was recently published comparing the extent of hand/wrist injuries for MMA athletes compared to boxers. In the study, titled “Degenerative changes in the hand and wrist in elite MMA fighting – an MRI study in comparison to boxing” 11 MMA fighters and 10 … More Study – MMA Fighters Sustain Worse Wrist/Hand Damage than Boxers

Neurologist Discusses Ethics of Doctors Serving as Ringside Physicians

An article was recently published in the South African Journal of Sports Medicine discussing the ethics of doctors serving as ringside physicians for combat sports, activities that are inherently dangerous for brain health. The paper, titled “Neurologist at Ringside – To be or not to be?” notes that combative sports “are universally thought to be … More Neurologist Discusses Ethics of Doctors Serving as Ringside Physicians

Association of Ringside Physicians Publish Concussion Management Consensus Statement for Fighters

Recently the British Journal of Sports Medicine Published a consensus statement written by the Association of Ringside Physicians looking to standardize practices for suspension, bout stoppage and return to sport for combat sports athletes suffering concussion. The full paper can be found here. The ARP recommended the following: Suspensions and concussion management If a fighter … More Association of Ringside Physicians Publish Concussion Management Consensus Statement for Fighters

Study Documents Injury Types and Rates From MMA, BJJ and Judo From US Emergency Rooms

Adding to this site’s archive of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in The Journal of Primary Prevention reviewing injury frequency and types from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Mixed Martial Arts. In the study, titled Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Mixed Martial Arts Injuries Presenting to United States Emergency Departments, 2008-2015 … More Study Documents Injury Types and Rates From MMA, BJJ and Judo From US Emergency Rooms