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an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health
and safety of the boxer and mixed martial arts athlete.

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ARP Sends Letter to AIBA

Dear Dr. Wu:

The Association of Ringside Physicians (an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health, safety and welfare of boxers and other combat sport participants; hereinafter, "ARP") recently has learned that AIBA, and accordingly, the International Olympic Committee ("IOC") intend to sanction bouts between amateur boxers and professional boxers in the forthcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. There are many sound medical reasons why such changes to the previous all amateur competition are inadvisable; including significantly jeopardizing the ultimate health, safety and wellbeing of the amateur boxers.


ARP Calls for Termination of Bouts between Amateur and Professional Boxers at 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

   Read the full press
   release here.

ARP 2017 Annual Conference July 22-23, 2017

Save the date for the 2017 ARP Annual Conference at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut July 22-23, 2017.

Certification exam will be the morning of July 24

Dr. Barry Jordan Interviewed on HBO's The Fight Game With Jim Lampley

Read the article here

New Fighter Handout on Dangers of Improper Weight Loss

At the request of the CSAC, the ARP has developed a handout derived from our consensus statements and other materials, geared specifically for the combat arts athlete, available for use by any commission or jurisdiction.  Click here to download.

New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Institutes New Standing Count Procedures

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) is now requiring referees to incorporate lateral movement after a knock down in boxing. New Jersey referees will not only ask boxers who have been knocked down to take a few steps forward, they will also ask these boxers to take a few steps to the side. Adding a secondary task enables a referee to better assess a boxer’s immediate neurological condition. This new regulation mirrors the recommendation that the ARP put forth to the Association of Boxing Commissions several years ago at its annual conference. The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission has followed New Jersey’s lead and has also instituted these procedures.

The ARP applauds the efforts of these two commissions in improving fighter safety and encourages all other commissions to do the same.


The Association of Ringside Physicians with the Expertise of the American College of Sports Medicine have developed the first Ringside Medicine Certification Exam.  Hundreds of computer-based and proctored exam sites are available worldwide for international participation in elevation education and safety standards for individuals associated with Combat Arts.

Click here for more information.


Learn more about Ringside-specific liability insurance.

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ARP/ACSM Certified Ringside Physicians

ARP/ACSM Certified Ringside Physicians ONLY can now purchase a Ringside Physicians Certification Badges.  To purchase yours, click here.

POSTPONED until November 2016: 2016 USA Boxing Ringside Symposium

In light of the many medical educational opportunities along with National and International tournament events that have resulted in scheduling conflicts, the USA Boxing Ringside Physician’s Symposium will be postponed until the National Championships in November 2016. The exact date will be announced as soon as it becomes available. This Olympic year has increased the need for experienced ringside physicians nationally and internationally, we are grateful to our doctors for volunteering their time and we want to make the symposium convenient and reasonable as possible.

*USA Boxing is a separate organization from the Association of Ringside Physicians.  USA Boxing is only involved in amateur American boxing.

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New Consensus Statements

The ARP has released new statements on Ocular Practice, Down Syndrome, Blood Borne Infections, Weight Management, Medical Clearance of the Older Fighter and the use of Headgear in Amateur Boxing.

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