(a) Not later than at the weigh-in time, which shall be not more than 30 hours prior to the beginning of the first event, the physician provided for in Section 18705 shall conduct a physical examination of the contestant and certify in writing as to the contestant’s physical condition to engage in the contest or match.
(1) The commission shall make the contestants’ medical records available to the physician and the physician shall review the contestant’s medical records as part of the certification of the contestant’s physical condition.
(2) The physician shall determine whether the contestant may have any knowledge, manifestations, symptoms, or prior history of a physical condition that may affect the contestant’s ability to perform or present a potential threat to the contestant’s health as a result of competing in the contest or match. The contestant shall complete a questionnaire developed by the commission. The contestant shall be asked to disclose on the questionnaire any conditions of which the contestant is aware, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
(A) Significant weight gain or loss and any change in weight in the seven days prior to the contest.
(B) Neuromuscular condition, including peripheral nerves, muscle problems, and brain problems.
(D) Bone fractures and all forms of arthritis.
(E) Any condition related to vision or changes in hearing function.
(F) Heart condition or other cardiovascular condition.
(G) Pulmonary or respiratory condition.
(H) Renal or urological condition.
(I) Hematological condition, including manifestations of any unusual bleeding or bruising.
If any condition is disclosed under this paragraph, the physician shall not allow the contestant to compete unless the physician or, at the contestant’s discretion, the contestant’s personal physician, who is licensed to practice medicine in the United States, has conducted a physical examination and determined that the specific condition does not affect the contestant’s ability to perform or present a potential threat to the contestant’s health as a result of competing in the contest or match.
(3) The questionnaire shall be developed by the commission through promulgated regulations in consultation with qualified medical professionals.
(4) Nothing in this chapter may be construed to require a contestant to submit to a pregnancy test.
(b) On the day of the event, and no later than one hour before the contestants enter the ring, the physician provided for in Section 18705 shall conduct a brief reexamination and certify in writing as to the contestant’s physical condition to engage in the contest or match. This reexamination shall include an evaluation of any significant changes since the physical examination provided under subdivision (a).
(c) A report of the medical examinations shall be filed with the commission not later than 24 hours after the termination of the contest or match. The physician’s report of the examination shall include specific mention as to the condition of the contestant’s heart, nerves and brain.
(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 465, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2007.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018