A new study is being implemented in the fight capital of America, Las Vegas, NV, to gather more facts about brain trauma in boxing and MMA. According to the repetitively named Las Vegas Review Journal, The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic, is offering to provide free physicals, including brain scans, for all combat sports athletes who compete in Nevada to compile data for their study.
“We’ve been talking to them for a couple of years about implementing this kind of program,” NAC executive director Keith Kizer said. “What they want to do is collect data on fighters’ brains and also do some neuro-psychological testing. “It’s not going to be mandatory for a fighter to do it at Ruvo to get licensed. But it’s free, and I would think that would make it attractive for boxers and promoters. They’ll save money. I think it’s a win-win for both sides.”
The proposed project is being funded through federal grants. The offer is on the agenda for today’s NAC meeting. This can only help prove the safety of MMA and be a boon to the further legislation of the sport in all 50 states. Heck, maybe even New York will pay attention and quit screwing around!