- Promoters must ensure that all events are attended by at least two Area Medical Office-approved doctors (§3.8)
- At least one of these doctors is required to have practice in managing partially conscious or unconscious patients (§3.8)
- A doctor must be present to provide immediate attention to injured boxers if required (§3.9)
- A stretcher is available for ringside use at all promotions (§3.10)
Here is why it is compulsory to have ringside medics in boxing.
Why ringside medics are compulsory
Boxing is a comparatively dangerous high impact sport. As such, participants are exposed to the risk of sustaining a wide range of common injuries, including:
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts and bruises
- Shoulder dislocations
Boxers may also sustain potentially life-threatening head and neck injuries. Immediate determination of an injury’s severity and provision of suitable treatment could subsequently save a boxer’s life. Ringside medics need to be called as soon as a match is called off to limit the effects of an injury.
Spectators may also sustain personal injuries, which may, for example, be caused by:
- Slips, trips or falls
- Collapsing seating areas
- Unruly behaviour by spectators resulting in outbreaks of violence
Having ringside medics present at all events ensures spectator injuries can also be dealt with in a quick, efficient manner.
Injured at a boxing match
If you were injured at a boxing venue through no fault of your own during the past three years, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Boxers may also be able to claim for compensation if, for instance, their injury was caused by their opponent committing a deliberate foul or got worse due to a lack of immediate treatment because no ringside medics were available.
Get advice now
Accident Advice Helpline advisors are trained to advise you on all aspects of claiming for injury compensation. You can contact our team by calling 0800 689 0500 from a UK landline or by calling 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. Alternatively, you can also send a text to 88010 (simply text ‘claim365’) and an advisor will call you.
What happens next
On confirmation of your claim eligibility, we will offer you the assistance of one of our in-house no-win, no-fee* solicitors. Accepting this offer is highly recommended, as our solicitors have the necessary experience and skills to bring your claim to a quick, satisfactory conclusion. You are, however, under no obligation to do so at any time.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice