Risk Management for Female Boxers
Study after study indicates that Olympic-style boxing is among the safest of the contact sports. Still, boxers and coaches should guard against unnecessary risk by following best practices for training and competition. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Use competition standards for sparring. Choose sparring partners based on weight and experience. Use proper safety equipment, and protect yourself at all times!
- Wear your mouthguard any time you are likely to be in contact with another boxer. Even the simplest of drills can put you at risk. Wear a mouthguard even for holding drills, or other exercises not intended for punching.
- Warm up thoroughly before beginning practice. Range-of-motion exercises best prepare your body for training. Shadow boxing helps prep your body for throwing punches.
- Rehab injuries. Take care of your body, and follow coach's and/or physician's instructions following an injury. Return to practice when you are back to normal to avoid re-injury.
- Stay hydrated. Especially as warm weather approaches, it is critical to keep your body hydrated. Water helps guard against injury, and aides metabolism. Weight lost during a training session should be replaced by water.
For female boxers, groin and breast protectors are optional equipment. All other safety equipment, including headgear, mouthguard and appropriate gloves, is mandatory.
A recent article, published by AIBA, indicates that women's Olympic-style boxing is at least as safe as men's.
Help keep our sport safe and fun by following safe practices in training.