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    Thursday, September 30, 2010

    No Holds Barred: Dr. Margaret Goodman on Concussions, Combat Sports, CTE, Doping, and Horses 


    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist, the former chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and the medical correspondent for No Holds Barred.

    Our lengthy interview takes on some of the most difficult but pressing issues facing the combat sports, and even contact sports like American football.

    What can be done to limit further the widespread doping in combat sports and the use of dangerous and banned substances? Why are these banned substances, such as anabolic steroids, so dangerous?

    What will be the effect on these sports of very recent research, which Dr. Goodman calls "earth-shattering", regarding the dangers caused by concussions and the onset of the brain disease CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy? Can any combat or contact sport be considered relatively safe, or become relatively safe, for the health of the athletes? Given all this new research, how can it be argued that combat sports, including mixed martial arts, be legalized in jurisdictions like New York where it presently is not? And why are safety and doping standards better in the U.S. for race horses than human athletes?

    We address head-on these and related issues which one day may threaten the very existence of these sports.

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