Safety is a huge aspect in modern day sports, especially with high-impact, full contact sports. ONE Championship, an organization bringing the sport of martial arts to millions of fans in Asia and across the world, have placed incredible focus on the safety and regulation aspect of martial arts.
In just a few short years, the organization has completely revolutionized the martial arts landscape, making the cage a safer platform for martial artists to showcase their skills. From a robust weight management system that has taken the focus off weight-cutting by dehydration, to hiring the best ringside physicians in Asia, ONE Championship really places great emphasis on the safety of the sport above all.
“ONE Championship’s world-class medical team is up to date on medical evidence pertaining to martial arts,” said Dr. Warren Wang, renowned physician and Vice President of Medical Services for ONE.
“We have to be, because the health and safety of our athletes are of top priority. In order to enjoy the action and excitement of martial arts, we have to be confident that our athletes are 100% healthy.”
ONE Championship’s medical team is currently comprised of Emergency Medicine specialists and are members of the renowned Association of Ringside Physician (ARP) formerly known as the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians’ (“AAPRP”) . The ARP is now regarded as the foundation of medical care for combat sports internationally. ONE Championship’s medical team has its only licensed members from Asia.
“We are constantly upgrading our medical knowledge, especially when it comes to martial arts medicine,” explained Dr. Wang. “The ONE Medical Team members attend medical conferences regularly to ensure that our standards are uniform at each and every show.”
One noticeable result of the strides ONE Championship has taken to bolster its medical practices is that athletes appear more energetic and capable of showcasing their peak conditioning and form on event night. It puts its athletes through stringent testing, especially close to their scheduled matches. While it is an extra step for athletes to go through, the added precautions guarantee the athletes are fit to compete.
Although the organization tests its athletes regularly throughout the year, ONE Championship administers protocol of pre-bout CT Scans along with neural and cognitive exams to screen athletes on the week of an event. If an athlete fails an exam, he will not be allowed to compete and will be pulled out of the card.
Because event week is critical for the health and safety of athletes, ONE Championship doesn’t skimp on costs when medical equipment is concerned. The organization will go to many great lengths to ensure that their athletes are well taken care of.
“This is completely different from other organizations’ medical protocols. At ONE Championship, we realize the importance of testing the week of the event, so we can detect any anomaly and inconsistencies in our regular testing,” said Dr. Wang. “We have all the best technology at our disposal, and we make sure to maintain an extremely high standard with every event.”
Health and safety is an important aspect of martial arts, and in Asia, where ONE Championship is scheduled to operate 24 live events over the next 12 months, this is crucial to making sure athletes are healthy before and after an event.. With an extremely capable team working behind the scenes, the martial arts organization remains confident that it can delivery adrenaline-pumping, authentic martial arts action, with very minimal risk to its athletes.