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

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

California Unanimously Passes Major MMA Weight Cut Reforms

In a welcome development by arguably the most pro-active jurisdiction in North America tackling the perils of rapid extreme weight cuts in MMA, the California State Athletic Commission has unanimously passed major reforms in regulating this practice. As first reported by Marc Raimondi, the CSAC unanimously passed a 10-point plan which seeks to alter the landscape of … More California Unanimously Passes Major MMA Weight Cut Reforms

Boxing Canada Warns Athletes of Perils of Rapid Extreme Weight Cutting

A useful powerpoint presentation created by Dr. Kien Trinh was recently published by Boxing Canada warning athletes about the perils of Rapid Extreme Weight Cut practices. The presentation is user-friendly and worth reading in full.  Titled “Making Weight in Boxing – How to do it Better“, it can be found here. In short the noted … More Boxing Canada Warns Athletes of Perils of Rapid Extreme Weight Cutting

Study Finds Concerning Weight Loss Practices / Hydration Levels in MMA Athletes

Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies and weight cut reform articles, a study was recently published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism  finding all MMA athlete participants being dehydrated when weighing in for competition with the magnitude of rapid weight loss and strategies being “comparable to those which … More Study Finds Concerning Weight Loss Practices / Hydration Levels in MMA Athletes

Study – Rapid Weight Gain and Weight Discrepancy of No Significance in Boxing Bout Outcomes

Adding to this site’s archived articles addressing rapid extreme weight cut practices in combat sports, a recent study was published in the Journal of The Physician and Sports Medicine evaluating competition results in boxing with athletes who practiced Rapid Weight Gain after weigh ins. In the study, titled Rapid Weight Gain in Professional Boxing and … More Study – Rapid Weight Gain and Weight Discrepancy of No Significance in Boxing Bout Outcomes

UFC Athletes Averaging 6% Bodyweight Cut During Fight Week

The dangers of rapid extreme weight cuts played a central role at this year’s Association of Boxing Commissions annual meeting with both medical and legal risks associated with the practice being discussed. Jeff Novitizky, the UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, noted the following weigh in data (expressed as the percentage of weight … More UFC Athletes Averaging 6% Bodyweight Cut During Fight Week

Nevada State Athletic Commission Adopts Early Weigh Ins for UFC 200

Following California,  Ontario, Kansas, CABMMA and the Mohegan Department of Athletic Regulation, the Nevada State Athletic Commission, arguably the most influential combat sports regulator, is the latest to adopt early weigh ins. Today’s NSAC agenda included the following item for possible action 10. Consideration of request by Zuffa, LLC to modify time of event weigh‐ins, for possible action. … More Nevada State Athletic Commission Adopts Early Weigh Ins for UFC 200

Brazil Latest MMA Regulator to Adopt Early Weigh Ins

Although Ohio has recently gone against the grain by adopting same day weigh ins for pro-am MMA events, the regulatory standard is quickly becoming moving weigh ins further back from events to allow athletes greater time to rehydrate with a view to reducing rates of injury and death. Sherdog reports that Brazil’s Athletic Commission (CABMMA) … More Brazil Latest MMA Regulator to Adopt Early Weigh Ins