Does public interest in specific injuries increase when they occur during mixed martial arts bouts? A study of Google search patterns

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Abstract

Introduction: Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a combat sport that combines fighting techniques from many disciplines, such as wrestling, boxing, karate, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In the early 1990s MMA entered the United States as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Both the internet and social media have advanced the popularity of MMA and have increased the public’s exposure to fighting injuries. Here we examine injuries from popular UFC bouts and observe whether the volume of Google searches for specific injuries increases after the associated fights.

Study Design: Our sample of injuries was gathered from “Sherdog’s Top 10 Worst UFC Injuries” available from www.sherdog.com. Injury information, the injured fighter’s name, date of injury, and the popularity of the fighter (measured by number of Twitter followers) were gathered from Google Trends searches.

Results: Searches for the fighter and for the injury (i.e., an alignment) had a co-occurring pattern in 9 of 10 cases. The percent change in search interest for injuries increased in 9 of 10 cases (Mdn = 446%, IQR: 168.75%-1643.75%).

Conclusions: Search interest in fighters and injuries appears to increase shortly after injury occurrence, possibly providing an opportunity for the timely dissemination of evidence-based information about particular injuries by sports medicine personnel. This study highlights how investigation of public search interest may ultimately have a positive impact on health care outcomes.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 22 Aug 2020
EventOklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Day 2019 - Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, TULSA, United States
Duration: 21 Feb 201922 Feb 2019
https://hdl.handle.net/11244/323882

Conference

ConferenceOklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Day 2019
Abbreviated titleResearch Day 2019
CountryUnited States
CityTULSA
Period21/02/1922/02/19
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