Case Study Links Mixed Martial Artist’s Death Possibly to Drastic Weight Cutting

A case study was published recently in the Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism linking rapid weight cutting as a possible culprit in the death of a mixed martial artist. In the article, titled Case Study: Fatal Exertional Rhabdomyolysis Possibly Related to Drastic Weight Cutting, the authors reviewed the case of a fighter that died … More Case Study Links Mixed Martial Artist’s Death Possibly to Drastic Weight Cutting

Study – KO / TKO Rate Due to Head Trauma Lower in Female MMA Compared to Boxing

Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies, an article was recently published in the Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise looking at the rate of finishes in Mixed Martial Arts where a bout was stopped due to Knockout or Technical Knockout involving head trauma.  The data revealed that the combined incidence of KOs … More Study – KO / TKO Rate Due to Head Trauma Lower in Female MMA Compared to Boxing

Study – 100% of Tested Brazilian Olympic Boxers and Judokas Dehydrated

Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies, an article was recently published by the American College of Sports Medicine discussing the hydration levels of Olympic Boxers and Judokas, both of whom compete in weight restricted sports (sports with weight classes where competitors often make weight with dehydration playing a role).  The study revealed that … More Study – 100% of Tested Brazilian Olympic Boxers and Judokas Dehydrated

Study – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Results in 56% Higher Chance of Parkinson Disease

In a study with concerning implications for anyone exposed to brain trauma, data was recently published in the journal of Neurology finding that people who sustained brain injury, even mild traumatic brain injury, had a 56% higher rate of developing Parkinson Disease. In the study, titled Mild TBI and Risk of Parkinson Disease – A … More Study – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Results in 56% Higher Chance of Parkinson Disease

Study – Second Brain Injury During Recovery Phase Can Have “Dire Consequences” For Brain Repair

Adding to this site’s database of combative sports and brain health safety studies, important research was recently published highlighting the need to protect the brain while its recovering from a mild traumatic brain injury. In the study, titled Distinct Myeloid Cell Subsets Promote Meningeal Remodeling and Vascular Repair After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, published in … More Study – Second Brain Injury During Recovery Phase Can Have “Dire Consequences” For Brain Repair

CDC Finds Mileage is the “Greatest Risk Factor” in Developing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

There is still much that remains unknown about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy “CTE”, a disease which can take a catastrophic toll on combative sport and contact sport athletes. What researchers do know, however, is that mileage matters and that both repeated concussive and sub-concussive hits can lead to the disease.  How many hits are too many?  … More CDC Finds Mileage is the “Greatest Risk Factor” in Developing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Study – 34% of Competitors Injured During Army Combatives Tournaments

Adding to this site’s archives of combative sports safety studies a recent article was published in the journal of Military Medicine reviewing the injury and disability rate following Army Combatives Tournaments (a competition very similar to MMA). In the recent study, titled Injuries Sustained During Modern Army Combatives Tournaments, the authors reviewed records from 195 MAC competitors … More Study – 34% of Competitors Injured During Army Combatives Tournaments

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