ONE Championship enforces athlete safety before and after bouts
ONE Championship on Jun 11, 2018 03:26 PM
“It’s about making the sport safer for all participants,” (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Much has been said about the robust system in place to help prevent athlete injury and ensure martial artists in ONE Championship are safe before they step into the cage to compete. But what happens after a bout?
According to renowned physician Dr. Warren Wang, who also serves as ONE Championship Vice President of Medical Services, the organization separates itself by taking things a step further than what the competition is doing.
“While most organization’s medical assistance stops in the post-fight medical room, we make sure that our safety checks and procedures don’t stop there,” said Wang.
“Athletes that are sent to the hospital are then visited by a representative from the Athlete Services team and myself at the soonest possible time. After the event is over, it is our job to make sure our athletes are okay and are receiving any necessary treatment.”
Martial arts is steeped in Asian history, from the ancient times to modern. Because it is a full contact sport, injury is always a risk.
ONE Championship places a great deal of emphasis on athlete safety. Today, the safety standards at ONE Championship are truly revolutionary and the organization is leading the pack for all global martial arts organizations.
“Anything can happen in the heat of battle, and what we need to do is make sure our athletes are screened for possible injuries. We are there to assist athletes in making the best possible medical management choices,” explained Wang.
Wang is an experienced physician in the field of Emergency Medicine with over 10 years of knowledge and practice under his belt. He joined ONE Championship in 2015 but has been with the company since 2014 under a different capacity.
He is also no stranger to martial arts, having trained in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu since 1996. Based in Taiwan, Wang helped bring martial arts to mainstream public consciousness with his work as Founder of the Taiwan Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy and Tournament Director of the Taiwan BJJ Open.
Needless to say, when it comes to martial arts, he certainly knows a thing or two.
“I know the specific risks that athletes take whenever they step into the cage. I am able to identify which areas of the sport require critical focus,” said Wang.
As for the athletes who don’t get sent to the hospital, there are still ONE staff visiting them at the hotel, just making sure they are okay and if any assistance is necessary -- a clear sign of dedication to athlete safety.
“We are at the hospital until the athletes are all released from the Emergency Room or are admitted. And we also visit the athletes who are at the hotel. My team is on top of every situation,” said Wang.
ONE Championship goes to great lengths to ensure its athletes receive the absolute best in medical care.
As martial arts continues to introduce revolutionary developments in its rapid evolution over the last few years, safety for athletes has become even more paramount to the sustainability of the sport.
“It’s about making the sport safer for all participants,” Wang concluded. “Martial arts is a full contact sport, and athletes are its most important components. Whenever we have an opportunity to make the sport safer for athletes, we have to explore every possibility.”
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