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Safety Tips For Beginner MMA Athletes



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Despite it’s more brutal nature and reputation as a sport with very few rules, there are actually a number of regulations among modern MMA events, most often enforced by the Unified Rules of the MMA. These are rules put in place to keep the fights fair, and to ensure that serious injuries occur as infrequently as possible.

Some of the rules include:

  • No strikes to the groin
  • No kicks to the head of an opponent that has been downed
  • No strikes to the back of the head
  • No small-joint manipulations, such as attempting to grab and twist a finger
  • No inserting fingers into an opponent’s mouth
  • No head butting
  • No hair pulling
  • A competitor may end the match at any time and admit defeat by tapping on either the opponent’s body or on the mat. They can also make the announcement verbally
  • Rounds determined by time
  • Various weight classes

Athletes in MMA Are Evenly Matched

MMA organizers strictly enforce the rule of having opponents that are evenly matched. This is done through weight classing, and ensures that each athlete is not going into the ring with a disadvantage. Matchmaking is an important part of the initial setup of any match. An athlete that takes on a contender that is physically larger may sustain serious injury, even if the contender fights within the limits of the rules. It’s also part of the reason why many prefer to stay at home and enjoy River Belle Casino games instead.

MMA Has Few Serious Injuries

Despite what many believe, sports betting and other similar sites often illustrate statistics that show that there are few serious injuries sustained in MMA, and that MMA athletes, in general, are less likely to suffer from an injury when compared to a range of other sports, such as ice hockey, football, and boxing. There are three main reasons for this:

  1. All professional MMA fighters have long periods of training and rest between matches. Athletes will be involved in around 12 to 14 training sessions per week, and are required to rest as much as possible. They will also only engage in around 2 to 3 fights in an entire year, meaning that not only are they at their physical peak, but potential for suffering major harm is greatly reduced.
  2. All athletes are obligated to be examined by doctors both before and after a fight, and sometimes during, if they feel it’s necessary. If an athlete displays any signs of injury that may prohibit their performance, they will not be allowed to continue the fight. They will also be given time off from training and fighting until the doctor feels that they have recovered sufficiently.
  3. Most of all, MMA athletes at a professional level are trained in both offence and defense. This means that they are well-equipped to protect themselves against the more serious strikes. They have much more control over their immediate surroundings, and are trained to react as fast they possibly can to avoid any serious injury.

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