How safe is mixed martial arts? Wed, August 25, 2010
COREY LAROCQUE, QMI Agency
The risk mixed martial arts fighters might suffer life-changing brain injuries outweighs the entertainment and economic benefits of allowing the sport, says the professional association representing Canada’s doctors.
Canadian Medical Association (CMA) members voted Wednesday in favour of a motion that calls on the federal and provincial governments to ban the sport.
“It enables the Canadian Medical Association to advocate for this ban and discuss it with the federal government or any other government,” said Dr. Ian Gillespie, president of the British Columbia Medical Association.
Doctors are concerned about brain injuries that occur when fighters suffer what Gillespie said are “frequent concussions” in the ring.