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5 tips to prevent injuries during boxing practice and matches

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Getting injured while practicing boxing is just inevitable. If you have decided to practice this sport you will suffer minor to major injuries, period! This is just the nature of this sport. Boxing is a hand to hand close combat art that is considered as one of the most physical sports in the world.  If you have decided to partake in this fighting art, then chances are either you are pursuing your own personal fitness goals or you may have a passion for this sport.

Whatever the case is, the fact is that this is a fighting art in which you cannot work alone to achieve your personal fitness goals. In this combat art, you will train closely with professional trainers and coaches and will participate in different tournaments while fighting against different opponents.


As may dangerous this sport may sound, there is a laundry list of physical and mental health benefits that boxing has to offer. Most of the people take part in this sport, not to become a champion or pursue a career. Rather they study this fighting discipline to enjoy the health benefits that come along with it. If you are one of those people who are thinking of adding boxing to your lifestyle schedule but also want to prevent major injuries.


Then congratulations, there are ways by which you can minimize the risks of suffering major injuries in your training matches or practice fights. Are you ready? Let’s begin.


- Wear safety attire

What can be safer than wearing proper safety attire during training sessions? Safety gear like boxing gloves, mouthpieces, headgear, rash guards, punching mitts, and pads, etc are specifically made for lowering the risks of potential injuries like concussions, fractures, broken nose, and teeth, etc.

By wearing these safety gear items you can significantly increase your protection from any accidental or ‘moves-go-wrong’ injuries. What more, wearing safety attire will also make you look sportier and will increase your agility during your training sessions.


2- Lubricate

Fair warning! This one may be sound sketchy, but it is one of the most effective ways to prevent potential injuries. Are you ready for this one? Rub petroleum jelly on your face before a training or a professional match. Sounds funny Hun? Well be as it may, there is a perfect logic to do that. By rubbing petroleum jelly or any similar greasy lubricant on your face can make your opponent’s punches slide off of your face.


The sliding punches will reduce the accuracy of a hit and you will retain minimum damage. Not to mention a direct hit on your face or jaw can break your teeth or nose or can even knock you out cold. Therefore, consider this tip before a match and see how it goes.

3- Groin support

All of your strength training to build stamina and endurance is going to go down a drain if you accidentally get a hit ‘down there’. Chances are, you will not be able to stand, continue the match, or even if you make it back to your feet somehow, it will be extremely hard for you to defend and fight back.


Therefore, to avoid such unfortunate accidents it is crucial that you wear a safety cup/guard to prevent your ‘inventory’ to remain safe during a practice session or a fight.


4- Use ice

As we have established this in the beginning that you are going to suffer injuries. It can be small scratches to a broken nose. Whatever the severity of your damages may be, it is not possible that you never get hit in a match. No matter how much you train and work out, the risk of getting several blows from the opponent is always there.


However, the key is how you respond to these injuries. The best to mitigate the injuries while they are still fresh is to perform a gentle massage using an ice bag on the inflicted area. This will help in reducing the pain, swelling, and soreness.

5- Defend yourself

The best way to prevent injuries is to not get them in the first place. Try to rev up your defence game by putting in extra hours of effort to learn various forms of defence.