Study – First Fighter To Be Concussed Loses 98% of the Time

An interesting study was published in the Journal of The Physician and Sports Medicine suggesting that in combat sports competition the first athlete to sustain a concussion in a bout will go on to lose 98% of the time. In the study, titled Concussion Occurrence And Recognition In Professional Boxing and MMA Matches, an 8 … More Study – First Fighter To Be Concussed Loses 98% of the Time

Data Reveals Bare Knuckle Boxing Has Lower Concussion Rate than Gloved Fights

Bare Knuckle Boxing has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years with more North American jurisdictions legalizing the sport since Wyoming led the way as the first State to legalize BKB in 2018. Data was presented at this year’s Association of Ringside Physicians annual conference by Dr. Don Muzzi giving the first glimpse into the injury … More Data Reveals Bare Knuckle Boxing Has Lower Concussion Rate than Gloved Fights

Study – Judo Has Highest Competition Injury Rate Among Olympic Combat Sports

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports health and safety studies, research was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine analyzing the injury rate among the Olympic combat sports. In the study, titled Injury incidence, severity and profile in Olympic combat sports: a comparative analysis of 7712 athlete exposures from three consecutive Olympic Games, the … More Study – Judo Has Highest Competition Injury Rate Among Olympic Combat Sports

Study Explores Head Injury Rate in Professional MMA

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports health and safety studies, research was published in the journal The Physician and Sports Medicine, exploring head injury rates from professional MMA competitions. In the study, titled “Craniofacial and Traumatic Brain Injuries in Mixed Martial Arts” the authors examined ringside physician reports from the Nevada State Athletic … More Study Explores Head Injury Rate in Professional MMA

Study Identifies Physical/Psychological Difficulties in Combat Sports Athletes From Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts

In the latest study digging into rapid extreme weight cut practices in combat sports along with their consequences findings were published noting both physical and psychological issues in high level athletes undergoing such cuts. In the recent paper published in the Korean Society for Physical Medicine, titled “Rapid Weight Loss and Physical and Psychological Difficulties … More Study Identifies Physical/Psychological Difficulties in Combat Sports Athletes From Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts

Study Reviews Measurable Severity of Head Impacts in MMA Bouts

A recent study was published in the Journal of Engineering in Medicine documenting and measuring the forces of head impacts in MMA bouts. In the study, titled “Concussion and the Severity of Head Impacts in Mixed Martial Arts” the authors fitted 13 MMA athletes with the Stanford instrumented mouthguard during sparring and also during bouts.  … More Study Reviews Measurable Severity of Head Impacts in MMA Bouts

Study – Locked In Chokes Take 9 Seconds To Full Unconsciousness

Adding to this database of combat sports safety studies, a paper was published this week addressing how long it takes fully locked in chokes applied by trained individuals to lead to full loss of consciousness against resisting opponents.  (Full disclosure- I volunteered as one of the “sportive choking experts” helping analyze the data). The study, … More Study – Locked In Chokes Take 9 Seconds To Full Unconsciousness

Study – Headgear in Amateur Boxing Leads To Far Fewer Cuts but Substantially More Head Injuries

Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies, a recent thesis was written delving into the incidence of lacerations and head injuries (brain injury) in amateur boxing bouts with and without headgear. In the literature review, titled Comparison of incidence of selected injuries in amateur boxing with and without formerly mandatory head gear, the … More Study – Headgear in Amateur Boxing Leads To Far Fewer Cuts but Substantially More Head Injuries

Study – Chokes in Combat Sports “Appear to be Safe”

In the latest addition to this site’s archived posts documenting safety issues in combative sports, a study was published today in the journal of The Physician and Sports Medicine analyzing the safety of chokeholds. In the recent article, titled The Safety of Sportive Chokes: A Cross Sectional Survey Base Study, the authors analyzed surveys from … More Study – Chokes in Combat Sports “Appear to be Safe”

Study – Rapid Weight Cuts in Judo Athletes Causes Muscle Damage

In the latest study addressing health and safety consequences from rapid extreme weight cutting in combat sports, the Journal of Translational Medicine published results noting that rapid extreme weight cuts caused skeletal muscles to be “damaged to a significant extent” in judokas. In the recent study, titled “The effects of rapid weight loss on skeletal … More Study – Rapid Weight Cuts in Judo Athletes Causes Muscle Damage