New Guidelines Aim To Protect MMA Fighters’ Neurological Health
The test fighters will have to take involves a cognition portion and a balance portion, much like a field sobriety test.
MMA Fighters Must Pass Pre-Event Concussion Protocol In California
For the first time in California, mixed martial artists – along with professional boxers – will undergo testing before and possibly after bouts to help determine if they have suffered neurological damage or deficiencies. All fighters scheduled for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night on Fox at Golden 1 Center have been given baseline testing on cognitive awareness and balance using an iPad with proprietary software designed for the C3 protocol. It stands for Comprehensive Concussion Care and is modeled after tests administered by the Cleveland Clinic’s Professional Fighter Brain Health Study. (Billingsley, 12/14)