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Subchapter 002 : Mixed Martial Arts(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 6038)
§ 6038. Medical assistance at events
(a) Physician. Every promoter shall have in attendance at every mixed martial arts match at least one physician who is licensed under 26 V.S.A. chapter 23 or 26 V.S.A. chapter 33. The physician shall perform medical examinations of the contestants not more than twelve hours before the beginning of the match and shall certify in writing to the referee whether or not the contestant is in appropriate physical condition to engage in a mixed martial arts match.
(b) Ambulance. Every promoter shall have at every mixed martial arts match an ambulance containing the standard medical equipment necessary to treat cerebral injuries. If the ambulance leaves an event, no other mixed martial arts match may commence or resume until the ambulance returns. The promoter shall stop or delay a match until an ambulance is present.
(c) Upon the recommendation of the physician present during a mixed martial arts event, a contestant shall be required to undergo an ophthalmological and neurological examination after each match in accordance with rules adopted under this subchapter.
(1) The cost of such an examination shall be borne by the promoter of the event.
(2) The physician shall provide a certified writing of the examination findings to the referee and the contestant.
(3) Within 48 hours after receiving the examination, the contestant shall submit the physician’s certified writing to the Office.
(4) If the physician, after an examination in accordance with this section and rules adopted under this subchapter, certifies that the contestant is not in a physical condition to engage in a mixed martial arts match, the contestant shall not be permitted to engage in another match until a subsequent examination is conducted in accordance with rules adopted under this subchapter and a physician certifies that the contestant is in an appropriate physical condition to engage in a mixed martial arts match. The physician providing the subsequent examination does not need to be the same physician who provided the examination at the mixed martial arts match. (Added 2021, No. 69, § 15.)