New Study Finds Hits, Not Concussions, Cause CTE

A recent study has been published confirming what appears to be increasingly clearer – CTE is a disease of mileage. The study, titled Concussion, microvascular injury, and early taupathy in young athletes after impact head injury and impact concussion mouse model, was published in Brain, a Journal of Neurology.  The full study can be found … More New Study Finds Hits, Not Concussions, Cause CTE

Study Examines Reasons Why MMA Bouts Cancelled During Pre Bout Medical Screenings

Adding to this site’s archives of combative sports safety studies a recent article was published in the journal of Sports Medicine reviewing reasons for MMA bouts being cancelled during the pre-bout examination process. The study examined 6 years worth of data obtained from the Calgary Combative Sports Commission noting that 5.4% of all bouts were … More Study Examines Reasons Why MMA Bouts Cancelled During Pre Bout Medical Screenings

Study – Rapid Weight Cuts in MMA Can Lead to Impaired Strength and Cognitive Function at Fight Time

A study was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine with critical findings addressing rapid extreme weight cutting practices in mixed martial arts. In the study, titled “The cognitive and physical effects of pre-competition rapid weight loss and gain in mixed martial arts athletes” the authors recruited 60 mixed martial artists and examined … More Study – Rapid Weight Cuts in MMA Can Lead to Impaired Strength and Cognitive Function at Fight Time

Multiple Concussions in Pro Athletes Linked With Memory, Executive and Behavioural Symptoms

Adding to this site’s database of sports related brain trauma studies, the Journal of Neurotrauma published a study looking at potential impairment of professional athletes with a history of concussions. In the recent study titled “Motor Function in Former Professional Football Players with a History of Multiple Concussions” the authors compared 45 ex CFL players … More Multiple Concussions in Pro Athletes Linked With Memory, Executive and Behavioural Symptoms

Study Review- Rate and Risk of Head Trauma in MMA Poorly Understood

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports safety studies, a recent systematic review of literature was published in the journal Trauma earlier this month discussing the state of knowledge of head injury rates in mixed martial arts. In the study, titled “Traumatic Brain Injuries in Mixed Martial Arts: A Systemic Review” the authors reviewed … More Study Review- Rate and Risk of Head Trauma in MMA Poorly Understood

Recent Study Finds Rapid Weight Cuts Not Associated With Competitive Success for Elite Boxers

Adding to the list of this site’s archived combative sports safety studies, research was recently published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performace finding that Rapid Weight Loss was not associated with competitive success for boxers. In the recent study, titled Rapid Weight Loss Is Not Associated With Competitive Success in Elite Youth … More Recent Study Finds Rapid Weight Cuts Not Associated With Competitive Success for Elite Boxers

What Congress Will Be Told About the Safety of Mixed Martial Arts

This week the Congressional Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hear from witnesses providing background information on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts in the context of debating whether to expand the Ali Act to the sport. Among the witnesses to be heard will be Dr. Kristen Dams-O’Connor, who is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation … More What Congress Will Be Told About the Safety of Mixed Martial Arts

Study – 24 Hours Post Dehydration MMA Fighters Have Reduced Athletic Output

Update October 9, 2017 – Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd discusses the below study here doing a good job of pointing out its strengths and shortcomings. _______________________________________ It is difficult to stress the absurdity of regulators allowing rapid extreme weight cuts in mixed martial arts and other combative sports. In short, two men or women of … More Study – 24 Hours Post Dehydration MMA Fighters Have Reduced Athletic Output

Study – Urinary Dehydration Markers “Unreliable” in Measuring Actual Dehydration in Boxers

One of the greatest threats posed to combat sports participants are the injuries associated with profound dehydration from rapid extreme weight cuts.  To this end regulators have been struggling with reforms to minimize these practices. California, to take one example, added checks for dehydration using urine specific gravity as part of a 10 point plan … More Study – Urinary Dehydration Markers “Unreliable” in Measuring Actual Dehydration in Boxers

MRI Study Shows Promise Tracking Brain Damage in Fighters

Common sense tells us taking hits to the head it bad but for those who choose a career in combative or contact sports (and also for those that regulate these sports) the elusive question is how much ‘mileage’ is too much? A recent study, published in the Journal of Radiology, shows some promise in getting … More MRI Study Shows Promise Tracking Brain Damage in Fighters