Beyond the violence: combat sports are about more than just fighting. “Tackling Combat Sports” offers an in-depth look at combat sport athletes, and the challenges they face.
*One athlete used high school wrestling to work through a physical disability. Now, he’s on a mission to motivate others to overcome personal obstacles.
*Another amateur fighter turned his life around by using mixed martial arts as a means to stay on the straight and narrow. He’s now a gym manager training to become a professional fighter.
*A prevalent problem in combat sports is “weight-cutting,” or losing a large amount of weight in a very short amount of time in order to make weight for a fight. Rapid weight-loss is dangerous, and disordered eating can lead to more serious eating disorders. This problem affects not just female athletes, but male athletes as well.