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CSAC passes emergency weight-cutting rules, including bans on dehydration, IVs

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LOS ANGELES — The California State Athletic Commission’s war on dehydration and extreme weight cutting continued Tuesday.

CSAC passed a package of new, emergency regulations regarding weight cutting at its meeting in Downtown LA. The new rules include a ban on dehydration to make weight, the prohibition of IVs to rehydrate and the ability to move back the time of weigh-ins.

“Dehydration and weight cutting are the biggest problem facing mixed martial arts today,” CSAC executive officer Andy Foster told the commissioners. “There are more mixed martial events in California than any other state, so this is the biggest problem facing this commission.”

These rules can go into effect as early as March 1. Because these were emergency rules, they were added on a trial basis and will be revisited by the commission at a later date.

Multiple doctors involved in combat sports have pointed at dehydration to make weight followed by rapid rehydration as increasing the chances of concussions, traumatic brain injury, as well as susceptibility to knockouts and poor performance.

Perhaps the strongest language in the new CSAC rules is the outright banning of dehydration to make weight, which is a practice common in MMA and amateur wrestling. Whereas it was suggested before, CSAC will require doctors to test for signs of dehydration in pre-fight physicals and make it part of the physician’s pre-fight questionnaire.

Under the package, CSAC will now have the ability to collect urine samples from fighters for specific gravity tests, which detect proper hydration. If a fighter cannot pass that test, he or she will be given two to three hours to properly hydrate. If he or she still cannot pass the specific gravity test, the bout will be off.

If severe dehydration is verified by a physician, CSAC now has the ability to not approve a fighter to compete in ….View full article

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