Nevada enacts brain health program for licensed fighters


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Nevada Athletic Commission is enacting legislation requiring all licensed fighters to undergo routine testing to assess their brain health. This program is unique in its requirements and can serve as a model for monitoring brain health in other sports, such as football where multiple concussions can lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic will test athletes using an iPad C3 application which incorporates balance and mental acuity testing. Currently there are 650 participants in the study including 50 women. Lynn Alvarez, a nurse and registered mixed martial arts fighter, looks at the testing as a way of preventing cumulative, life changing injury.

Click here to read more about the Nevada brain health program.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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