Risk Management for Female Boxers

Feb. 12, 2009, 11:51 a.m. (ET)
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:
  1. Use competition standards for sparring.   Choose sparring partners based on weight and experience.  Use proper safety equipment, and protect yourself at all times!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.