Study Documents Pro Boxer Rapid Weight Gain Data in California

The harms from rapid extreme weight cutting in combat sports (in order to then rapidly gain weight well above the weight class limit during competition) are well documented on this site. How much weight do professional boxers regain following these cuts? A recently published study in The Physician and Sports Medicine journal sheds light on … More Study Documents Pro Boxer Rapid Weight Gain Data in California

Ringside Doctors Call For Less Brain Injury in Sparring

Concussions in fights are inevitable. Concussions in training are preventable. That is the sensible premise of a recent article published in the Journal of Combat Sports Medicine calling for reform in the prevalence of head trauma combat sports athletes expose themselves to when training for competition. In the recent article, titled Safe Sparring Protocol: Reducing … More Ringside Doctors Call For Less Brain Injury in Sparring

Study – Middle Aged Boxers Show Vestibular Damage Similar to the Elderly

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Journal of Neurotrauma finding middle aged boxers and Muay Thai fighters showed vestibular damage typically only seen in the elderly population. In the study, titled Altered Vestibular Balance Function in Combat Sports Athletes, the authors measured muscle responses evoked with … More Study – Middle Aged Boxers Show Vestibular Damage Similar to the Elderly

“Attractive” Biomarker Identified for Diagnosing Brain Injury

Finding a quick, efficient and objective way to diagnose traumatic brain injury is one of the advances medical science continues to strive for. A goal that would have particular value in combat sports. A recent study published in the journal Neurology identifies a biomarker which is promising in reaching this goal. In the recent study, … More “Attractive” Biomarker Identified for Diagnosing Brain Injury

Study – Rapid Weght Cuts By MMA Fighter Linked to Renal Damage

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Journal of Hypertension finding that rapid extreme weight cutting by a mixed martial artist was likley linked to renal damage. In the study, titled “IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) WEIGHT LOSS BY DEHYDRATION RESULTS IN ACUTE EFFECTS ON KIDNEY FUNCTION“, … More Study – Rapid Weght Cuts By MMA Fighter Linked to Renal Damage

ARP Releases Consensus Statement on Safe Fighter Pre Bout Blood Pressure Levels

The Association of Ringside Physicians, one of the leading organizations addressing health and safety standards in combat sports, has recently released a consensus statement about when fighters should be pulled from a bout based on their pre fight blood pressure levels. In short the ARP notes that elevated blood pressure is a danger for fighters … More ARP Releases Consensus Statement on Safe Fighter Pre Bout Blood Pressure Levels

Study – MMA Winners Suffer More Orthopaedic Injuries, Losers More Concussions

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine reviewing injury data from 2 years of MMA contests from two different jurisdictions. In the recent study, titled Injury Profile of Mixed Martial Arts Competitions in the United States, the authors reviewed data … More Study – MMA Winners Suffer More Orthopaedic Injuries, Losers More Concussions

Study Speculates Weight Cutting to Blame for Fighters Suffering Greatest Brain Volume Reduction

The Professional Fighters Brain Health Study has generated much useful data. The study, conducted out of the Cleveland Clinic Luo Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas has been compiling data since 2011 giving insight into the tolls professional fighting takes on athletes’ brains. The latest data, published in Neurotrauma Reports, canvasses brain volume … More Study Speculates Weight Cutting to Blame for Fighters Suffering Greatest Brain Volume Reduction

Groundbreaking Concussion Test Could Be Gamechanger For Combat Sports

Do you have a concussion? There presently is no objective diagnostic test to answer this question. Generally the question is answered through a series of subjective symptoms. This could all change with a non-invasive diagnostic test just reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The new study notes that through a simple saliva sample … More Groundbreaking Concussion Test Could Be Gamechanger For Combat Sports

Study – Average MMA Fighter Gains Over 8% Body Mass From Weigh Ins to Fight Time

Rapid Extreme Weight Cutting is a prevalent occurrence in mixed martial arts with many injuries and even deaths tied to the practice. The practice is employed with fighters either hoping to gain a size advantage over their opponent, or given how common the practice has become, to prevent having a size disadvantage. A recent study … More Study – Average MMA Fighter Gains Over 8% Body Mass From Weigh Ins to Fight Time