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Study: MMA brain injury risk higher than boxing

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:19 a.m. HST, Mar 28, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. >> A new study says about a third of professional mixed martial arts matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts.

The University of Toronto study published this month in the American Journal of Sports Medicine examined records and videos from 844 bouts.

Researchers found nearly 13 percent ended in knockouts, while 21 percent ended in technical knockouts, usually after a combatant was hit in the head five to 10 times immediately before the fight was stopped.

The study says the MMA head trauma rate also outpaces football and hockey.

Supporters of MMA call the study flawed and say another forthcoming study will have more accurate results.

New York is the last remaining state to prohibit professional MMA bouts. Longstanding efforts to get it legalized in the state recently stalled again for advocates hoping to gain access to Madison Square Garden and other New York venues.

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lwandcah wrote:
Duh..., you think?
on March 28,2014 | 07:39AM
96706 wrote:
This was a UNIVERSITY study? Helloooo all those PhDs - we KNOW this. Why don't you find the cure for cancer instead??
on March 28,2014 | 08:34AM
You do realize that a very large amount of studies are done thru a University system.
on March 28,2014 | 02:08PM
Anonymous wrote:
They needed a study to determine this? What next, Study, a study to show that over eating makes you fat?
on March 28,2014 | 08:52AM
honupono wrote:
ummm and you wonder why in this society, there are random acts of violence towards people on the street. Because we glorify MMA stars and thrive on using violence to dominate. People, I love everything about striving to attain mental, spiritual and physical health, that is a noble concept, but when you have fighters go at it like a street brawl then don't be shocked when bored adolescents decide to false crack anyone they feel like walking on the street just for fun.
on March 28,2014 | 09:32AM
rayhawaii wrote:
Ah ben fitten far yars en et navar ahfexted ma brbrbrbrain.
on March 28,2014 | 09:40AM
Maunawiliboy wrote:
Duh ....many reasons including slamming to mat is legal, ground and pound with head bouncing off mat, and not to mention knees, elbows to head and WAY smaller gloves.....that will be $200,000 for the study.....
on March 28,2014 | 11:06AM
awahana wrote:
...and in other news, the sky is blue...
on March 28,2014 | 11:30AM
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