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

Study – Previous MMA Injury Doubles Risk of Injury in Following Fight

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study archives, a recent study was published in the South African Journal of Sports Medicine looking at injury rates in an African MMA promotion and concluding that the injury rates are higher than those noted from US based competitions.  The authors noted Overall injury prevalence appears to be as … More Study – Previous MMA Injury Doubles Risk of Injury in Following Fight

Neurologist Calls for Uniform Minimum Standards For Combat Sports Neurologic Safety

Combative sports, like all contact sports, have inherent dangers and it is important for stakeholders to work together to create best practices to minimize these. To this end an informative article was recently published in Neurologic Clinics. The article, titled, Neurologic Health in Combat Sports, takes an in depth look at the current state of … More Neurologist Calls for Uniform Minimum Standards For Combat Sports Neurologic Safety

Study – Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts Risk Hypernatremic Reactions for Wrestlers

Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies a recent study was published in the Journal of Biomedical Research documenting safety risks for wrestlers who utilize rapid extreme weight cut methods prior to competition.   In short the study found these athletes risked hypernatremic reactions in competition. In the recent study, titled “The effects of Dehydration … More Study – Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts Risk Hypernatremic Reactions for Wrestlers

Decreased Brain Volume and Cognitive Dysfunction Documented in Professional Fighters

In my ongoing efforts to highlight relevant safety studies addressing combat sports,  a recent study was published in the Journal of Neurology documenting decreased brain volume with associated cognitive dysfunction in professional fighters. The recent study, titled Longitudinal MRI and Cognitive Change in Professional Fighters, is part of the Professional Fighter Brain Health study which … More Decreased Brain Volume and Cognitive Dysfunction Documented in Professional Fighters

Study – Single Football Season Results in “Significant” Imaged Brain Changes

Although not combat sports related, an important study was published last month in journal Neuroimage: Clinical revealing the rapid toll on brain structure that a short span of repeated subconcussive hits can bring. In the recent study titled “The Effect of Repetitive Subconcussive Collisions on Brain Integrity in Collegiate Football Players over a Single Football … More Study – Single Football Season Results in “Significant” Imaged Brain Changes

Neurologist – “It Is Far Better to Stop a Fight Early Rather Than Too Late.”

New York State Athletic Commission chief medical officer and practicing neurologist Dr. Sethi published an article in the latest edition of the South African Journal of Sports Medicine addressing best practices for medical stoppages of boxing bouts with the sensible conclusion that it is better to err on the side of safety. In the article, … More Neurologist – “It Is Far Better to Stop a Fight Early Rather Than Too Late.”

Adding to Complexity – CTE Found in Patient With “the Absence of any Known Head Injury”

An interesting article was published in the latest edition of the International Journal of Pathology and Clinical Research diagnosing what is believed to be the first known case of an individual having Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy who did not have a history of concussions. In the article, titled “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy-like Neuropathological Findings Without a History … More Adding to Complexity – CTE Found in Patient With “the Absence of any Known Head Injury”