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Office of the Athletics Commissioner – Seeking Ringside Physicians


The Office of the Athletics Commissioner (OAC) is currently looking to add qualified Physicians to their roster of Ringside Physicians.

Consider this exciting and challenging opportunity with the OAC, to become part of a team that plays an integral role protecting the health and safety of combative sports athletes.


The OAC is the regulatory body for professional combative sports in Ontario. The office is a provincial government establishment, part of Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries. The OAC administers the Athletics Control Act and its regulations, which sets the rules governing professional boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts in the province of Ontario.

The objectives of the OAC are to:

  • Protect the health and safety of contestants, officials, and spectators at professional combative events;
  • Preserve the integrity of professional combative sports;
  • Ensure licensing process for contestants, promoters, officials, seconds, and other participants is fair and transparent.


The Ringside Physician is a critical member of the OAC team and plays a key role in protecting the health and safety of participants. All Ringside Physicians must be certified and registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and hold a valid Ontario medical license.

The role of the Ringside Physician extends before and after the contest, including the pre-bout examinations, ring/cageside coverage of the bout, post-bout examination and treatment of injuries. The Ringside Physician is responsible for protecting both participants and often must make quick decisions about their continued participation based on a limited examination. Given the potential for critical injury, the Ringside Physician must be prepared and equipped to care for the injured participant.

The Ringside Physician must have a thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations of professional combative sports as well be familiar with common injuries related to combative sports. A successful Ringside Physician should possess a wide range of medical knowledge and personal traits, such as:

  • Head trauma assessment
  • Airway management skills
  • Patient Stabilization
  • Orthopedic knowledge
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Composure and quick decision-making
  • Ability to deal with stressful situations


Ringside Physicians are expected to work one to two events per month, however the scheduling is done entirely based on Physicians’ commitment level and availability. Most combative sport events are scheduled for Friday or Saturday evenings, however there is a small number of weekday events as well. Some travel to event locations throughout Ontario is required.

Typical combative sport events consist of two sections – weigh-ins and contests.

  • Weigh-ins
    • Held either on the day before the event or in the morning on the day of the event, depending on the specific combative sport rules and regulations.
    • It is a requirement to have Ringside Physicians scheduled during the official weigh-ins.
    • Immediately after the weigh-ins contestants are required to undergo pre-bout medical examinations performed by the Ringside Physician.
    • Average weigh-in portion lasts about 3 hours.
  • Contests
    • The “fights” portion of the event.
    • Ringside Physicians are required to be present ring/cageside throughout the duration of the event.
    • Immediately after each contest participants are required to undergo post-bout medical evaluations performed by the Ringside Physician.
    • Contests portion may last from 3 to 6 hours depending on the size and magnitude of the event.

Ringside Physicians may be scheduled either for Contests portion only or both Weigh-ins and Contests. Appointed Ringside Physicians will be compensated per each event as follows:

  • Contests only – $600
  • Weigh-ins + Contests – $1,200

In addition, Physician’s required to travel to the event will be eligible to claim expenses such as mileage, parking and meal allowance. If the Physician is asked to travel more than 100 kms then a hotel room will be provided as well.

Ringside Physician is a licensed official of the Office of the Athletics Commissioner, and not an employee of the Ontario Public Service.


You must express interest in this position by submitting a cover letter and resume to

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail or by calling 416-326-0416