You’re going hard in sparring, working with someone bigger than you to get ready for an upcoming fight. Or maybe you’re having the fight, with small gloves being swung hard back and forth. Suddenly your guard drops lower than it should as you throw a punch and you catch a counter hook right on the edge of your eye socket. There’s a lot of pain and some quick swelling, you might get double vision or your eye might bulge right out. Welcome to your new orbital fracture.Continue reading Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them – Orbital Fracture
You throw a leg kick, it connects beautifully as always, but when you return to your stance you land awkwardly and roll over you ankle. It hurts, a lot. Welcome to your new ankle sprain! Ankle sprains are pretty common in everyday life, not just sports, but sudden changes of direction and turning to throw punches and kicks definitely increases the likelihood that you might end up twisting your ankle.Continue reading Common Training Injuries And How To Treat Them – Ankle Sprains
We live in a world which is constantly evolving. Even compared to just 10 years ago, the things around us are completely different. Today is the world where we can call a cab with an app, where we control our own homes with our phones, where cars can now drive themselves and where you can track your health with a watch. With some aspects of life it’s easy to see the effects of progress.
But what about in the boxing world? The innovation can be a little harder to see.Continue reading Breaking The Mould: Innovation In The Boxing Industry
You may not have heard of it, but the Internet of Things looks set to take over. The idea of imbedding technology like sensors in previously ‘dumb’ equipment and monitoring their output is predicted to revolutionise everything from how our cities run to how we turn the lights off in our living rooms (thanks Alexa). This has translated directly to sports and sports performance, for fighters this includes a number of trackers you can fit into your handwraps to analyse your performance (We’ve reviewed the ones from Hykso, Everlast/PIQ and Corner), to receive details on what strikes and combos you’re using, how hard you’re hitting and how much work you’re getting done each round.
In sports which rely on using your body as a weapon, it’s understandable that you’re putting yourself at risk of all sorts of aches, pains and injuries. Knuckle, finger and wrist pains are especially common amongst beginners. Quite often these are caused by the same few issues, meaning a lot of the time there are steps which can be taken to get rid of the pains all together.Continue reading Avoiding Hand Pains and Injury When Wearing Boxing Gloves
You’re sparring in the ring or cage, just moving round, and you quickly change direction to create an angle on your opponent. That’s when you feel a sudden and severe pain from your knee. Or you’re in a fight and your opponent lands a heavy leg kick against the side of your knee, and the pain sends you down to the canvas. Unfortunately you’ve just found out what it’s like to tear your ACL.
You’ve been boxing for a while, you’re really enjoying it and you feel like you know what you’re doing in the gym. Everything’s starting to flow and as your techniques getting better you start ramping up the power. One day you’re dropping bombs on that crazy heavy punch bag and bang, pain shoots through your hand and by the time you take your glove off it’s starting to swell and change colour. Say hello to your new boxer’s fracture.
Combat sports are an ever-changing landscape of fighters, with new names popping up constantly. All fighters have heart, and all fighters have talent, yet of all the fighters who have stepped up over the years, there are some who stick in our minds, who changed the way we think about the sports we love, and who are truly inspirational to today’s generation of martial artists.
There are a lot of people out there who go out and buy the cheapest gear they can find when they first take up boxing, MMA or any other combat sport. While sometimes this is down to circumstance, using the wrong gear can actually have a huge negative impact on your actual training.Continue reading Why The Quality Of Your Fight Gear Matters
The importance of headgear in boxing has been a bit of a debate over the last few years, with the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Olympics both seeming to favour the removal of headgear. But why? Surely protection is there for a reason, right?
Tendonitis is the common name for a range of different injuries that can be caused to the tendons of the bodies various muscles – the strong cords of tissue that connect the muscle and the skeleton, and are needed to move the bones and joints when the muscles contract and relax.
Maybe you’ve just starting training, you’ve been to a few classes and decided to start running to up your cardio. Maybe you’re a fighter and you’ve ramped up your running to get ready for a fight. Either way, you’ve been running for a while and you get this pain shooting down the front of your lower leg, and it turns your run from what could have been a personal best into a painful hobble.
Welcome to the world of shin splints.