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Japanese Sumo might be a hint for the MMA's frequent injury issue

this article on mma weekly.com states its author's opinion about why MMA fighters get injured so often
the author claims that MMA has substancially no off-season unlike seanonal sports like NFL and MLB,   and the lack of enough rest and preparation period between matches can lead to frequent injuries

i guess a possible solution for this problem lies in the world of Japanese Professional Sumo Tournament,  cuz the professional Sumo tournament is an all year round seasonal sport
what mean by that is... the Sumo tournament in japan are held in January, March, May, July, September, November  and each tournament lasts consecutive15 days, the grand champion is decided based on the number of wins during each tournament
so this vout system in every two month enables Sumo wrestlers take nearly two months of recovery and preparatory period for the next season after each tournament
actually between tournaments, Sumo wrestlers have regional circuits for fans in local areas, but the nature of regional circits are closer to exhibition matchs rather than the real match
i guess this is a wisdom of the Sumo world based on the history and tradition of over 350 years

MMAウイークリーの記事を読んでいたら「総合格闘技では、どうして、こんなに怪我が多いのか? 考えられる理由の一つとしては、MMAが野球やアメフトのようにシーズン性のスポーツではなく、実質的に、オフシーズンがないのに等しいので、総合格闘技の選手達は試合の後に充分な休息期間や次の試合に向けた計画的なコンディショニング期間をとるのが中々難しいためではないか?」と中々、興味深い内容

(こんな内容を書きました ↓)

各場所は連続15日間、試合が続く    優勝者は期間中の勝利数によって決まる


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Posted by: MAC | 10/18/2012 at 10:59 PM


何の世界でも、同業者同士、助け合おうという相互扶助みたいな部分はありますし、必要でもありますよね  狭い世界となると、なおさらだと思います

双葉山の時代、年間2場所だった頃は、ほとんど全てがガチだったのか?興味深いですよね    戦時中の頃は相撲など興行のたぐいは自粛傾向にあったのかもしれませんし、テレビもあまり普及してなかったでしょうから、視聴率を上げなきゃ、ってのも少なかったでしょうしね


そうですね、本場所を年間2~3回とし、これは完全ガチ  合間の地方興行はエキシビション&ファンサービスというようにハッキリ色分けした方が良いのかもしれませんね

かつて総合格闘家が、年に数回PRIDEで試合する時はガチ  合間にハッスルに出る時はエンタテイメント・プロレスをやっていたように(笑)

若いお相撲さんが相撲以外の部分で広く社会性を学ぶという点でも、 日本全国色々な場所で子供達~年配者と触れ合う・ちゃんこをふるまう・地方興行へ向けての広報や営業活動・地方滞在中の食材等の管理確保など、地方巡業も意義があると思いますね

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