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MMA & Combat Sports


With the emergence of mixed-martial arts (MMA) in the United States in the 1990s and its subsequent professionalization, there has been a greater need for the development of evidence-based applied sport and exercise (SEP) psychology practices within the domain of combat sports. The psychology of participating in combat sports such as wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Capoeira, Judo, Muay Thai, Savate, Sambo, and Taekwondo is still an emergent area of knowledge and practice, particularly in the areas of ecological dynamics and skill acquisition, and the intersections of mental performance and mental wellbeing. The Combat Sports SIG will work to provide SEP practitioners with education and evidenced-based practices related to effective coaching and consultation with athletes and coaches at all levels of competition.

Get Involved

If you are interested in joining the MMA & Combat Sports Special Interest Group (SIG) or learning more about the group, contact SIG Coordinators Eduardo Arambula, Craig Cypher, Tyler Held, Erin Herle, and Jonathan Packman.

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