Contrary to popular belief, international statistics show that athletes competing in MMA are less likely to attain serious injuries than in a range of other contact sports, such as ice hockey, boxing and American football, as well as in other professional sports in general. Why is this? Well most injuries occur during a bout, and an MMA athlete on the professional level typically trains around 12-14 sessions per week for an upcoming fight, but with only approximately 1-3 bouts per year. Compare this with ice hockey or football where most teams have one or more games per week spanning over more than half of the year.
But even if you aren’t looking to become the next champion in an organization like the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships), or compete in anyway, MMA is not just for elite athletes and can just be recreational. The athletes seen on television are only a small percentage of all the people that practice MMA around the world. The sport has grown sense the first UFC was held back in November of 1993, later named UFC 1: The Beginning, and has rapidly spread through the past decade. Initially, those competing in MMA came from other
disciplines of martial arts and used the techniques they were comfortable with when competing against someone who might come from a different discipline. But as MMA grew and as the athletes became more complete, so did the movement of the sport.