Gerard Varlotta, D.O., FACSM
Board Member, Association of Ringside Physicians
Certified ARP Ringside Physician
Ringside Physician, New York State Athletic Commission
The Medical Coverage of MMA & Boxing requires unique knowledge and medical skills and thus the need for a comprehensive manual for competent care of the combat sports athlete. This Manual is a comprehensive accumulation of the knowledge and experience of physicians who have shared their expertise on a variety of topics relevant to the health and safety of the combat sports participants. It is not intended to be a complete in-depth analysis on each topic but is meant to provide a basis for further learning and the confidence to care for the unique participants of this sport. This Manual includes administrative issues as well as the specifics of the preparticipation evaluation, and the acute and non-acute neurological, orthopaedic, ophthalmological, maxillofacial, dental, infectious disease and cardiovascular evaluation and treatment of the injured fighter. This will also serve as a reference guide for healthcare providers and officials involved in combat sports. The Manual concentrates on sport-specific issues that need to be understood by those providing the medical care of the combat sport participant. Injury prophylaxis and accelerated rehabilitation is the next level of achievement that will provide a better understanding of the risks associated with these sports.
Everyone involved in Combat Sports including physicians, emergency medical technicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, cutmen, referees, commissioners, inspectors, judges, promoters, representatives of the boxing councils, members of all combat sports agencies as well as those in the media reporting on Combat Sports should understand the complexity of the care of the combat sports participants.
John Neidecker, D.O., ATC, FAOASM
President, Association of Ringside Physicians
You now hold in your possession the most comprehensive ringside medicine resource in the world. The ringside physician needs to acquire a vast knowledge base to effectively provide care for the combat sports athlete. Ringside medicine is an amalgamation of all medical specialties and this book covers it all. An enormous undertaking years in the making, Dr. Varlotta and his team deserve high commendation for organizing such a text. It is a collaborative and educate all in involved in combat sports”. This manual accomplishes that. A true gift to the combat sports community.
Michael Schwartz, D.O.
Co-Chairman - Medical Advisory Committee - Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC)
Chief Ringside Physician - Professional
Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods Resorts & State of Connecticut
Ringside medicine is a unique specialty encompassing all aspects of medical care. Ringside physicians need to be well versed in multiple specialties in order to insure the well-being of the competitor. Furthermore, doctors involved in Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) need to appreciate the nuances of each sport and provide the proper care to protect these athletes. As such, educating healthcare professionals to be able to identify those competitors who should not participate is imperative. Preventing individuals at higher risk from competing can certainly reduce the risk of morbidity, mortality and the ultimate sequela of potential long-term injuries. Additionally, having the expertise to recognize the potential signs and symptoms of an injured fighter during a contest is crucial in preventing catastrophes.
As chairman of medical advisory board of the Association of Boxing Commission and Combative Sports (the “ABC”), has been my lifetime goal to protect the health and safety of the professional boxer and MMA athlete. As education and experience is a key factor, the new book created by Dr. Gerard “Rusty” Varlotta and the Association of Ringside Physicians (the “ARP”) it is a significant achievement in attaining this objective.
The ARP’s MANUAL OF COMBAT SPORTS MEDICINE has brought together some of the world’s brightest and most experienced experts in combat sports. The manuscript is a comprehensive and thorough review of all aspects of ringside medical care. Whether you are a ringside doctor, manager, cut man, promoter, fighter (or simply someone who wants to learn and get involved in these sports), this resource in an invaluable tool for everyone to read and gain knowledge regarding safe sports practices. As the ABC medical chairman, I highly recommend this book be a part of every educational meeting and utilized as a reference for training in all ringside safety courses.