Study – Early Hard Hits Don’t Toughen Athletes Up. They Weaken Them.

The sports world is filled with a lot of science but also a lot of ‘bro-science’. The former being data driven analysis with conclusions shifting based on where the data points. The latter being conventional wisdom which is sometimes right and sometimes wrong. One ‘bro-science’ belief held by many in the world of both collision … More Study – Early Hard Hits Don’t Toughen Athletes Up. They Weaken Them.

Animal Study Finds Microscopic Brain Changes After Only 10 Repeated Subconcussive Impacts

A recent study was published looking into whether brain changes were evident after only a handful of repeated subconcussive impacts finding the answer is yes. In the recent study, titled Repetitive sub-concussive impacts induce inflammation implications for innocuous head impacts in sports, the authors conducted a series of experiments on rats. They designed a device … More Animal Study Finds Microscopic Brain Changes After Only 10 Repeated Subconcussive Impacts

Ringside Doctors Publish Consensus Statement on Fighter Brain Imaging

Combat Sports have no consistent standards of what brain imaging is needed from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. From national federations, to State and Tribal Commission to Provincial and even Municipal Commissions and in some cases to no commissions at all there is profound inconsistency in health and safety standards in combat sports. Hoping to improve this … More Ringside Doctors Publish Consensus Statement on Fighter Brain Imaging

One in 5,000 Pro Boxing Bouts End in Death by Brain Injury

One in 5,000 pro boxing bouts end with a fighter dying from brain trauma. A shocking statistic. But one recently published by the the Association of Ringside Physicians in their Journal of Combat Sports Medicine. In the study, titled “Mortality Resulting From Head Injury In Professional Boxing Revisited” the physicians reviewed reported worldwide mortalities from … More One in 5,000 Pro Boxing Bouts End in Death by Brain Injury

Research Finds “Alarming” Rapid Weight Cutting Practices in Youth Combat Sports

Adding to this site’s data base of combat sports safety studies, a recent article was published in latest edition of The Journal of Eating Disorders finding ‘alarming’ weight cutting behaviours that can “have serious ramifications both short- and long-term and even cause death” in youth combat sports athletes. In the article, titled Patterns of Weight Cycling in … More Research Finds “Alarming” Rapid Weight Cutting Practices in Youth Combat Sports

Host of Dangers Associated With Rapid Weight Cuts in MMA Highlighted

An informative paper was recently published canvassing peer reviewed research in MMA covering a host of topics from weight cutting, to performance metrics to injury data and more. The paper, titled Exploratory Systematic Review of Mixed Martial Arts: An Overview of Performance of Importance Factors with over 20,000 Athletes, covers much of what is known … More Host of Dangers Associated With Rapid Weight Cuts in MMA Highlighted

Ringside Doctor Calls For Standardized Post Concussion Protocols in Boxing

Adding to this site’s data base of combat sports safety studies, a recent article was published in the latest edition of the Journal of Combat Sports Medicine calling for the industry to standardize post concussion protocols in boxing. Written by Dr. Nitin Sethi, neurologist and chief physician with the New York State Athletic Commission, the physician … More Ringside Doctor Calls For Standardized Post Concussion Protocols in Boxing

Study – Three Concussions For Kids Leads To “Considerable” Risk For Further Problems

Adding to this site’s data base of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine finding that kids who suffer 3 or more concussions in sports are at “significantly greater risk” of developing persistent problems with further concussion. In the study, titled Association of Concussion History and … More Study – Three Concussions For Kids Leads To “Considerable” Risk For Further Problems

Study Publishes In Depth Discussion of Combat Sports Strangulation Safety

There is a growing dataset addressing the risks and relative safety of strangulation techniques in combat sports. In short data addressing the practices of strangling an opponent or training partners repeatedly shows relative safety however also some known risk of acute and potentially serious injury. An noteworthy study (Approach considerations for the management of strangulation … More Study Publishes In Depth Discussion of Combat Sports Strangulation Safety