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Injuries are on the minds of fighters and MMA fans

Dr. Tim Carlson ringside physician attends to fighters.
Dr. Tim Carlson ringside physician attends to fighters.
By Fight Sports Journalist Stephanie Melendez

Injuries are on the minds of both athletes and fans of MMA and other fight sports these days, especially after the recent leg injury to Anderson Silva during UFC 168. Silva’s leg injury was sustained when Chris Weidman checked a leg kick during the fight. The results were a broken tibia and fibula as well as at least a year and half of recovery ahead for the fighter. Silva’s injury is the most recent example of the sports dangerous potential. In a sport is known for pushing limits and punishing bodies it is certainly not the only one to come to mind.

Dr. Tim Carlson ringside physician attends to the needs of Jenna Marshal during fight. 2013
By Fight Sports Journalist Stephanie Melendez

Jon Jones broken toe during his fight against Chael Sonnen during UFC 159 (2013), Meisha Tate’s broken arm during fight against Ronda Rousey for Strikeforce Championship (2012), Antonio Neguerio’s broken arm by Mirr in UFC 140 in 2011 and Tampa Bay’s own Corey Hill and ended up with (probably the most horrific) a leg break from his fight against Dale Hartt during UFC Fight Night 16 (2008). These are further examples of the sports ferocity. Despite the dangers, fighters have in place more protections to help keep them safe (rules, reputable sanctioning bodies, etc) than they have ever had during the history of fight sports. One such protection is the presence of a qualified ringside physician who can promptly recognize, diagnose and in some instances treat the injuries of athletes. The Tampa Bay area Dr. Tim P. Carlson MD (Internal Medicine) is an example of a qualified ringside “guardian” determined to protect local athletes.

Dr. Carlson is an award winning physician with advanced experience in sports medicine, evaluation and treatment of sports injuries as part of his extensive medical background. He joined the family care practice of P.J. Morales, M.D., P.A. and Tim P. Carlson, M.D. in July of 2004 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Among the many awards and distinctions Dr. Carlson has received the 2010 Patients' Choice Award and in 2009 the Compassionate Doctor’s Recognition. Dr. Carlson has proven himself, with his knowledge, ethics and decisive action, to be a dedicated ringside physician. Dr. Tim P. Carlson demonstrates the health and safety of each fighter is his singular goal during the events he attends.

Fractures, lacerations, contusions, concussions, strains, sprains and dislocations are just some of the types of injuries that Dr. Tim P. Carlson has encountered while acting as a ringside physician.

· In October of 2013, Jenna Marshal was cared for by Dr. Carlson during a match against Victoria Debroux. Marshal suffered a kick to the abdomen that prevented the fight from continuing (image shown).

· On the same night (October 2013) during the fight for the Florida State Super Middle Weight ISKA “Kickboxing” Championship Title Kai Hylton found himself suffering a similar fate at the hands of George Capozzolli. Dr. Carlson spent considerable time assessing Hylton’s condition before determining he was experiencing “abdominal” cramping and was treated by EMS with “IV fluids” (Images shown)

· In March of 2012, Jason Chang fought Michael Herington in a bout that resulted in a diagnosis of a “broken nose” by Dr. Carlson (image shown).

· The sight of Jacob Cardinal unconscious silenced the packed crowd at the Amateur MMA & Muay Thai Kickboxing Event 14 in the spring of 2012. Cardinal had been rendered unconscious at the hands of Shawn Valentine by way of rear naked choke. Despite the hovering of ISKA referee Andy Glenn, Cardinal was “out” before he could “tap”. ISKA referee Andy Glenn stopped the fight and Dr. Carlson came to Cardinal’s aide (images shown). Cardinal sustained no injury and regained consciousness and was alert for the judge’s decision.

· In November of 2011, John Darling suffered an “arm dislocation” during an MMA match. Darling was treated on site by ringside Dr. Tim Carlson MD and EMS crew to restore mobility to the arm (images shown).

Did reading about the injuries make you think that fight sports are too dangerous? It shouldn’t. Less than .08 % of the bouts that were covered resulted in a sustained injury. MMA and other fight sports are dangerous, it is a reality. There is risk in contact and extreme sports and humans seem to be driven by a primal desire to push limits and surpass boundaries. The ability to recognize, acknowledge and promote safety standards however is a sign of wisdom, compassion and brotherhood.

The next Amateur Fight Night Event #21 is scheduled to be held at the Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, January 11, 2014. If you need more information about the Amateur Fight Night Event #21 (AFN #21) go to

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