Overcoming Fear At The Box
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Boxing is one of the most popular sports in the world. Boxing training has been around since ancient times and it was only during the 20th century that boxing became a mainstream sport with professional boxing matches being held regularly. People all over the world have enjoyed watching these fights, which are usually won by some combination of skill, luck or sheer determination.
Boxing is a sport where you train your body and mind to fight another person using two fists. You practice punching, kicking, kneeing and other basic moves to throw punches at someone else’s head while keeping them from doing the same to yours. There are many different types of boxing styles, but they all share certain common elements such as focusing on speed rather than power, having good defense skills (and not getting hit), and working hard every time you step into the ring.
Boxing is a great way to improve your health and fitness levels, as well as develop your confidence. Many people enjoy boxing because it helps them build self-confidence and builds their physical strength. However, there are risks involved when you participate in boxing – namely concussions and brain trauma. Although it’s a great sport, you need to ensure that you take the necessary steps to prevent these sorts of injuries from happening. By educating yourself about these risks and taking the right precautions, you can ensure that your experience with boxing is a safe and fun one.
What Is Boxing?
For most people, boxing involves two people fighting against each other in a ring. It is a combat sport where the goal is to knock out your opponent through direct hits to the face, head and body.
An important part of boxing involves learning how to defend yourself in the ring. You can’t just focus on attacking; you need to also learn how to block your face from taking hits. Throughout boxing history, many people have suffered serious brain trauma or even death as a result of taking too many hits to the head.
Common Boxing Injuries
One of the major risks of boxing is brain trauma. While it’s true that other sports such as American football and hockey have a higher rate of concussion and head injury, those sports require protective equipment such as helmets and padding. This doesn’t mean you’re invincible in the ring, however. You can still suffer a concussion or life-altering brain damage even if you’re wearing headgear.
There are other injuries that boxers experience such as broken noses, broken hands, shoulder dislocations and torn muscles. These types of injuries make it more difficult to continue boxing and can even lead to future medical complications. One of the most common boxing injuries is getting your “eye shut.” This means that your eyelid is swollen shut and you’re unable to see properly. While it may be tempting to try to fight through the pain, it’s a good idea to quit because a cut near your eye can easily get infected and lead to long-term damage.
Protecting Yourself from Serious Injury
The best way to protect yourself from serious head or brain injury in the ring is to wear appropriate safety equipment such as headgear and mouth guards. While these items may not seem as “sexy” as going into the ring without any protection, it’s important to remember that you’re doing this for fun and fitness, not to get so brutalized that you suffer a life-altering injury.
Most people would be uncomfortable with the idea of wearing headgear to a boxing class or heading into a ring without any protection. While many people argue that head and brain injuries only occur when one is getting hit in the head repeatedly, the reality is that one serious hit can cause life-altering brain trauma or even death. The best way to prevent this from happening is to wear headgear.
Headgear provides a cushion between your head and a punch. Many times, boxers have reported that they experience significantly less pressure to the head by wearing headgear. While headgear doesn’t prevent all head and brain injuries, it’s proven to reduce them.
Mouth guards are also an important part of boxing safety. In addition to protecting your teeth from getting knocked out during a fight, they also protect your jaw from getting broken. A broken jaw not only causes you to feel extreme pain, but it can take weeks or even months to heal properly. Some people have had their jaw wired shut for several weeks.
While getting hit in the face hurts in any sport, wearing head and mouth guards can dramatically reduce the pain and even prevent life-altering brain or jaw injuries.
Getting In The Best Shape Of Your Life
Many people turn to boxing as a way to get into shape or maintain an already fit body. Boxing is a great form of cardiovascular exercise because it involves repeated punches that keep your heart rate up. In addition to being a great form of exercise, it can also help you lose weight and gain muscle.
While it’s impossible to say exactly how many calories someone burns while boxing because it varies on the individual and the intensity of the workout, it can be a great way to get in your workouts and lose some weight if that’s your goal.
Getting Started In Boxing
Think about why you want to start boxing.
Is it to get in shape or learn a new skill? Is it for self-defense or to fight competitively?
Whatever your reason, make sure it’s a good one and that you’re willing to put in the time and effort to succeed. Try out a class at your local boxing gym to see if you really like it before you spend any money on equipment.
Most gyms offer day passes for you to try out their facilities. Take advantage of this if you can. If you live in a small town with no nearby gyms, research local boxing classes offered at your local community college or even the YMCA.
Once you’ve decided that you love the sport of boxing and want to pursue it, you’ll need to find a gym, try out a class or two, and buy the proper equipment.
There are many great boxing gyms across the country. Finding the right one for you may take some time, but it’s a worthy endeavor. When looking for a gym, consider the following:
Location – While it shouldn’t be your number one concern, it still should be a consideration. If the gym is in an inconvenient location, you may find that you don’t want to go there as often.
Price – Another factor that shouldn’t be a major concern, but it still plays a role in your decision. Some gyms cost more than others due to added perks or larger facilities.
Atmosphere – This is very important. You want to go someplace that you feel comfortable training. If the people at the gym aren’t for you, or you have a bad experience there, you won’t want to return.
Equipment – While this may not be a major concern, it still plays a role in your decision. Some gyms provide higher quality equipment than others.
The first thing you’ll need is boxing gloves, hand wraps, and boxing shoes. The brand of boxing equipment doesn’t matter as much as the fit. Always make sure your gloves fit properly. They shouldn’t be too tight or too loose.
You can spend anywhere from $30 to $300 on a pair of gloves. The cheap gloves that you can find at a sporting goods store are perfectly fine, especially if you are new to the sport. Just remember, if you buy a cheap pair of gloves, they may rip or tear sooner than the more expensive gloves.
Next, you’ll need hand wraps and boxing shoes. You can decide which is more important to you. It may seem like boxing shoes would be more of a necessity, but hand wraps are important for protecting your fists and wrists from serious injury and potential broken bones.
If you decide to buy boxing shoes, make sure they fit comfortably and provide proper arch and ankle support. The best thing to do is to try them on and walk around the store. You can also jump around a bit to see if they feel right.
Finally, you’ll need hand wraps. These are intended to provide padding for your hands and wrists. Get the heaviest ones you can find since it’s better to be safe than sorry.
You can get away with not wearing socks or wrist wraps with your gloves, but it isn’t recommended to train without them. You may be required to wear either or both of these items during classes at your boxing gym.
Most new boxers start out with the right mindset and lose it somewhere along the way. This usually happens when they start to lose a few fights because they begin to take unnecessary punishment or get frustrated.
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