This week Texas’ athletic commission is in the spotlight again after some bizarre stuff following UFC Austin. At the event Joaquin Buckley was declared winner after his opponent, Albert Duraev, was examined by a doctor right before the beginning of round three. Following examination the bout was called off. Texas declared the official result as … More Yeehaw! Let’s Talk Weird Texas MMA Rules!
No bite in combat sports will ever be more infamous than Mike Tyson’s serial biting of Evander Holyfield in 1997. Adding to this site’s database of regulatory precedent, this week the New York State Athletic Commission handed out a 6 month suspension and $10,000 fine to a boxer who attempted a similar infraction. On June … More Attempted “Mike Tyson Bite” Leads to 6 Month Suspension and $10,000 Fine
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 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
Two questions. How old should kids be before being allowed to participate in full contact martial arts (be it boxing, MMA, kickboxing etc)? How much should kids (or their parents) know about brain trauma within these sports before they are truly making an informed decision to participate? Society regulates the ability of kids to consent … More How Old Should Kids Be To Consent To Brain Trauma?
CTE is more common than many doctors recognize. As a disease without a cure some people wrongly believe nothing can be done to assist when suffering from this progressive disorder linked to repeated brain trauma. If you are combat sports athlete and suspect you are suffering from the disease making sure your doctor is familiar … More Helping Your Doctor Help You With CTE
Boston University and the University of California San Francisco are calling for men and women over 50 who have over 5 years experience in contact sport (including boxing, MMA or full contact martial arts) to volunteer for research to help shed light light on (and hopefully be able to better treat and prevent) long term … More Former Contact Athletes Needed To Research Long Term Cognitive and Mood Problems
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
Most jurisdictions limit pro women’s boxing to two minute rounds while men can have three. Contrast this to MMA where women and men compete under the exact same ruleset without any notable disparity in injury rates for women. The old rule limitations seems to be based on sexism, not science. Two commissions appear readyt to … More Colorado and Likely California Bringing Three Minute Rounds to Women’s Pro Boxing
This week the Nevada Athletic Commission published a “Public Notice of Workshop To Solicit Comments on Proposed Regulations and Workshop Agenda” seeking public feedback on a host of potential regulatory changes. Among the proposed changes is a new regulation clarifying that if a promoter fails to provide required medical coverage the regulator has the power … More Nevada Seeks Amendment To Hold Deadbeat Promoters Accountable For Injury Costs