09.14.04.03

.03 Neurological Testing.

A. In this regulation "neurological test" means an examination by a physician to detect abnormalities of the nervous system and includes, but is not limited to:

(1) Assessment of mental status, cranial nerves, motor function including power, tone, and bulk, cerebellar function, deep tendon reflexes, and plantar responses;

(2) Physical examination;

(3) Laboratory procedure; and

(4) Other specialized testing.

B. A contestant shall be examined by a neurologist or neurosurgeon appointed by the Commission before the contestant's first bout in Maryland each licensed period and annually after that.

C. The Commission shall require a contestant to be reexamined by a neurologist or neurosurgeon, appointed by the Commission, before participating in a contest:

(1) If the contestant has participated in more than 12 contests in or outside the State;

(2) If the contestant has been knocked out or receives a technical knockout as a result of neurological injury in two consecutive contests; or

(3) Upon recommendation of a ringside physician.

D. The Commission may require a contestant to undergo additional neurological testing and evaluation as prescribed by the examining neurosurgeon or neurologist.

E. A neurologist or neurosurgeon, appointed by the Commission, shall be licensed in Maryland and be certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery or the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

F. A contestant may not be licensed or permitted to participate in a contest if the neurological examination demonstrates abnormalities suggestive of acute, subacute, or chronic nervous system abnormalities.