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

Spring 2022

Senior Project Advisor

Tricia Jordan, PhD

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health & Exercise Studies

Document Type