Boxing Dangers & Safety Precautions
By its very nature, boxing can be a dangerous sport. Boxers have been seriously injured, left crippled for life and have even died as a result of participating in the sport and whilst there are strict rules and regulations in place with regards to safety at both amateur and professional level, there can be no guarantees that serious injuries will never occur.
The Dangers Of BoxingThe majority of boxing injuries result from a blow to the head. Being punched in the head can cause major brain trauma and tissue damage. The brain is the most susceptible area to injury and other injuries include the nerves within the brain being torn, lesions, bleeding and sometimes a boxer can suffer from a blood clot forming on the brain as a result of taking a direct hit. Bones within the head and face can also be fractured. Over a sustained period, the cumulative damage of being hit in the head can cause long term effects resulting in what’s known as ‘punch drunk syndrome’ which a boxer can suffer with long after they’ve retired from the sport.
Other common injuries include broken teeth and ribs, serious cuts and bruising and it can even cause internal bleeding in major internal organs. Damage to the eyes can result in detached retina and bleeding within the retina. As boxers age, they are also more likely to suffer from either Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease.
Safety PrecautionsThe one major difference in terms of safety precautions between amateur and professional boxing is that amateur boxers have to wear protective head guards and if you are thinking of taking up the sport, all amateur boxes must undergo a medical from their GP if their participation is going to involve competing against another opponent as opposed to using a boxing club to simply train and use the equipment. Gum shields are also worn to protect the mouth and there are protective boxes for prevent injuries occurring to sensitive areas below the waistline as a result of a misplaced (and illegal) ‘low blow’.
Medical staff are also required to be at ringside to attend to any injuries that might occur and, in addition to the referee, medical professionals have the power to stop any bout if they feel that by continuing, a boxer’s health might be placed at serious risk.