Pick'em Leagues: THE BIG SHOW CASUAL BEST OF THE REST Single Event PvP: FANTASY POOLS Betting Leagues: THE BIG SHOW BEST OF THE REST

Fight Doc weighs in on Hamills staph

Print  
Posted By Message

Gogoplatapus

MMA Sensei

Gogoplatapus Avatar
2

 
 
 


 
 
Posts:1,082
Career:894-595
Joined:Jul 2009
Camp: West Coast Canada
Chips:
248
http://mmajunkie.com/news/19621/ask-the-fight-doc-should-matt-hamill-have-been-medically-cleared-despite-staph.mma

Aside from Court McGee being crowned "The Ultimate Fighter 11" champion, the biggest news coming out of this past weekend's UFC event was Matt Hamill's clearance to fight despite an active Staph infection.

Hamill appeared at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale weigh-ins on Friday with a noticeable lesion on his lower back, and following his win over Keith Jardine on Saturday, he and Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer confirmed the infection.

In his latest "Ask the Fight Doc" installment, MMAjunkie.com medical columnist Dr. Johnny Benjamin wonders how that was possible and why so many others were unnecessarily put at risk.




In my opinion, the NSAC was victim of a poor medical decision. Furthermore, every athlete (including Hamill) and referee that entered the octagon – with or after Hamill – was unnecessarily exposed to a potentially very serious and deadly infection by the "licensed doctor" who cleared him to compete.

Last edited 6/20/10 3:43PM server time by Gogoplatapus
Edit note/reason: n/a
2 total post edits

Post #1   6/20/10 3:40:10PM   

Twenty20Dollars

Heavyweight Champ

5




 
 
 


 
 
Posts:12,772
Career:1,572-1,001
Joined:Jun 2007
Chips:
1,196
well at least it was the co-main event and not the first fight on the main card.

Post #2   6/20/10 3:44:50PM   

RyanC

MMA Sensei

RyanC Avatar
 
 
 


 
 
Posts:1,290
Career:472-317
Joined:Aug 2009
Camp: Journalistas
Chips:
128
Seems extremely reckless to have allowed Hamill to fight.

Post #3   6/20/10 3:45:08PM   

Jackelope

Go ahead, MOD my day

Jackelope Avatar
4



 
 
 


 
 
Posts:7,224
Career:864-486
Joined:Jan 2007
Chips:
1,202
This just backs up what I was saying in the other thread. I wasn't going to outright claim it was completely irresponsible based on the fact that I'm not an MD, but I wanted to say it was. Although in general medical opinions can vary I'm going to go on record saying that if a doctor who seems as logical as the fight doc does comes out and says it was then I'm on board. Especially since he recommended the UFC get 6 different MD's to weigh in and see what they say.

Besides, he's right to quote the hippocratic oath when he says "First, do no harm" which is something anybody with any medical training should know like the back of their hand. (BTW- skip the semantics on the hippocratic oath and the origin of this saying) Honestly this doc could have his license to practice stripped from him based off this one decision alone. Since he clearly put others in harm's way while knowing full well the risks.

Post #4   6/21/10 3:34:38AM