Treating the Mixed Martial Arts Athlete

Musculoskeletal injuries are just one challenge for orthopaedists

Jonathan Gelber, MD, MS

Mixed martial arts (MMA)—a combination of fighting arts including wrestling, boxing, and jiujitsu—is arguably the world’s most rapidly growing sport. Although the sport may seem foreign to some doctors and elicit an unsubstantiated negative response, today’s MMA competitor is a well-rounded, multidimensional athlete who may need orthopaedic care.

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