Combat sports are widely regarded as one of the most dangerous sports or activities an athlete can participate in. Leading the way in terms of popularity is the sport of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The resounding consensus among combat sports fans and athletes is that the sport of boxing is the safest option, but with the more recent discovery of Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and the brain damage that occurs because of repeated strikes to the head, it appears that boxing is the most dangerous combat sport. The reason for my research project is to see what sport is in fact is the most dangerous and what makes it so detrimental to an athlete’s health. Scientific breakthroughs and testing have been developing regarding the effects of the human brain after receiving blows to the head and concussions all together.
Keywords: Combat Sports, CTE
Year Manuscript Completed
Senior Project Advisor
Tricia Jordan, PhD
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
Health & Exercise Studies
Baum, Aaron, "Safety in Combat Sports: Is Boxing Safer?" (2022). Integrated Studies. 393.