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Sunday, August 12, 2007
On this week's special edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist and former chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
In the wake of the latest round of dope cheats being caught in the mixed martial arts, we discuss what fighters, promoters, and athletic commissions must do to combat this scourge. We discuss what a national athletic commission in the US could do for mixed martial arts. Dr. Goodman also outlines the medical reasons why toxic drugs such as steroids are so dangerous to the health of fighters. We discuss what the role of the combat sports media should be.
This discussion was the latter part of an interview with Dr. Goodman, the first part of which was on SecondsOut Radio where we discussed a brewing scandal in boxing, which she characterized as boxing's Watergate. That scandal involves a recent report in The New York Times, which documented numerous cases where boxers had been given questionable medical clearance to fight, and even had fraudulent medical forms submitted on their behalf to various state athletic commissions for supposed medical examinations of them. Several of these fighters later died because of injuries suffered in those fights.
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