University of Oregon

Department of Human Physiology Graduate Studies in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

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Understanding the Mixed Martial Arts Athlete: A Clinician’s Perspective.

Andrew Traut MS, ATC

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is an extremely popular sport that has only just recently burst on the scene in North America. It is a combat sport that places an extremely high degree of physical stress on its practitioners. The number of athletes participating in this activity has skyrocketed in recent years and all signs point to continued growth and expansion. As Athletic Trainers/Therapists it is important to have an understanding of this sport so that when MMA athletes are encountered in practice they can be given the high degree of sport-specific care and exceptional outcomes our profession is known for.