23. Medical Aptitude

23.1     Medical Certification: An athlete shall not be allowed to compete in an International Competition unless the athlete produces his/her Athlete’s Book in which he/she must be certified as fit to box by a qualified doctor of medicine. On each day the athlete is required to box, the athlete shall be certified as fit to compete by a qualified doctor of medicine who shall be approved by the association under whose jurisdiction the competition is taking place, or in the World Championships, World Cup, Continental Championships, Continental Cup by the medical commission of IFMA or Continental Bureau.

23.2     Medical Certificate: Every athlete competing outside his/her own country must have in his/her possession, a certificate/declaration form signed by an authorised doctor of medicine, stating that prior to leaving his/her country he was in good physical condition and not suffering from any injury, infection or disability liable to affect the athlete’s capacity to box in the country being visited. Such a certificate must be in English language and incorporated in his athlete’s book which must be produced at the medical examination before the general weigh-in. All athletes over the age of 16 must submit HIV antibody & HBV (Hepatitis B Surface Antigen) & HCV (Hepatitis C Antibody) laboratory blood test results on the letterhead of the laboratory that administered the tests together with the Medical Declaration Form/Certificate. The blood tests must be taken within 6 months prior to the date of competition.

23.3     Prohibited Conditions: The prohibited conditions are referred to in the medical handbook.

23.4     Cut and Abrasions: No athlete shall be allowed to take part in any contest if the athlete is wearing a dressing on a cut, wound, abrasion, laceration or blood swelling on the athlete’s scalp or face including the nose and ears. An athlete is allowed to box if an abrasion is covered with collision or steri-strip. The decision should be made by the doctor examining the boxer on the day of his competition.

23.5     Medical Aptitude: No athlete shall be allowed to start boxing without having his medical aptitude certified in his/her athlete’s book, which may only be done by an approved doctor. The medical aptitude test should, if possible, include the following exams, or their equivalent:

23.5.1 A complete clinical examination with particular attention to the organs of sight and hearing, the sense of balance and the nervous system.

23.5.2 A biometrical examination including measurement of height and weight, at least.

23.5.3 A biological examination including blood and urine tests.

23.5.4 A neurological examination including an electroencephalogram.

23.5.5 A skull x-ray.

23.5.6 A cardio logical examination, including an electrocardiogram.

23.5.7 An examination by cranial computerized tomography, if possible.

23.5.8 Any other obligatory examination according to the laws of the country from which the athlete is from.

A medical examination should be repeated at least once a year and should include the points 1, 2 and 4 above.

23.6     Medical Flow Sheet: Adoption of a Medical Flow Sheet to medically document a bout, before during and after.