'This must be done right, so we don't lose the income': medical care and commercial imperatives in mixed martial arts

Channon, A., Matthews, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-8561-2863 and Hilliard, M., 2020. 'This must be done right, so we don't lose the income': medical care and commercial imperatives in mixed martial arts. In: S. Wagg and A. Pollock, eds., The Palgrave handbook of sport, politics and harm. Palgrave Macmillan. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Medical staff are typically employed at MMA events to provide immediate, cage-side care following such injuries, as well as perform pre- and post-fight medical screening. However, in the UK, the exact nature of their work is not formally mandated by any overarching governing body – indeed there is no effective regulation of the sport in the UK at the time of writing – and instead rests on what any given show promoter asks (or permits) them to do. As such, this gives rise to considerable variation in actual practice across the sport, as was recorded throughout our fieldwork observations. In what follows, we discuss how this variation manifests with respect to the wider structural organisation of MMA, commenting on how the commercial imperatives currently shaping the sport either facilitate or constrain the medical care that athletes receive. We do so in two distinct sections, concerning firstly ‘regional’ and secondly ‘international’-level shows.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Channon, A., Matthews, C. and Hilliard, M.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date: 20 August 2020
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Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Sep 2020 12:15
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2020 12:15
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40906

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