WELCOME TO THE ASSOCIATION OF RINGSIDE PHYSICIANS
Recognizing the need for the collaboration and continuing education of those physicians practicing “ringside medicine” throughout the United States, in 1997, Dr. Michael Schwartz, of Darian, Connecticut, together with others, established an entity known as the “American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians’ (“AAPRP”) toward the end of more effectively protecting, and enhancing, the health, safety and welfare of professional boxers.
In 2014, following the departure of Dr. Schwartz and the cessation of the AAPRP, a newly-created entity known as the “Association of Ringside Physicians” (“ARP”) was formed and incorporated as a non-profit educational and scientific association. The edict and ultimate goals of the ARP are to significantly expand the ends sought by the AAPRP by applying them to all forms of combat sports; to apply them internationally; and to develop, and effectuate, the “Gold Standards” applicable to the multi-faceted aspects of ringside medicine. The ARP membership encompasses not only physicians, but also fighters, members of governmental boxing commissions, sanctioning bodies, promoters, trainers, medical students, para-medics and EMT’s, as well as others involved in providing for the health, safety and welfare of those participating in combat sports, both amateur and professional. Accordingly, toward the ultimate ends of uniformity and effective enforcement of medical standards in ringside medicine throughout the world, the ARP gratuitously offers its services to all – inclusively, not exclusively.
Among its many activities and initiatives, the ARP conducts an annual Medical Conference, over a period of two to three days. There, experts in their particular fields of ringside medicine and other related subjects present an array of highly-relevant topics with Q&A from those in attendance following each presentation (e.g., members of the NFL Brain Study presenting their findings regarding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy; neurologists and neuro-surgeons debating the propriety of licensing a fighter who has suffered a subdural hematoma; special guest presenters Bernard Hopkins, Emanuel Steward, and MMA referee Big John” McCarthy). Physicians attending the ARP’s annual Medical Conference earn CME’s accredited by Wake Forest University. In 2012, in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine, the ARP developed a psychometrically-verifiable examination which, together with the satisfaction of other specified criteria, yields an ARP Certification deeming the physician qualified to practice ringside medicine. This “Ringside Physician Certification Examination” is administered world-wide; and the ARP maintains a published listing of those ringside physicians who have been so certified. Also, the ARP periodically issues “Consensus Statements” regarding such topics as: “Medical Clearance of the Older Fighter”, “Testosterone Therapeutic Use Exemptions”, “Weight Management in Professional Combat Sports”, “Blood Bourne Infectious Disease Screening in Combat Sports”.
ARP Board member Dr. Rick Weinstein with former Champion Evander Holyfield.