Boxing Injuries

Article by John Miller

boxing injuries

Picture: A Boxers Fracture

Boxing is a contact sport, and contact sports can lead to impact injuries. 

Researchers support that improving your boxing techniques results in less frequent boxing injuries. However, boxing injuries can occur to your various body parts. 

Common Boxing Injuries

Head or Brain Injuries

The most concerning boxing injury is a head impact resulting in a potential brain injury. The punch impact shakes the brain within the skull and causes the brain to act abnormally for a brief period of time. This is known as concussion, which can result in the following symptoms:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Brief loss of short-term memory
  • Nausea
  • Loss of coordination
  • Confusion
  • Headache

Wearing head gear can reduce the impact stress and shock that could reverberate through your brain.

Jaw & Facial Injuries

Punching impact to your jaw can cause jaw, nose or facial fractures. Jaw injury resulting in TMJ dysfunction may result with either a fractured, subluxed or dislocated jaw a possibility.

Common Jaw Injuries

Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries can occur through repetition of impact. Common injuries include rotator cuff injuries or shoulder dislocation.

Common Shoulder Injuries

Hand and Wrist Injuries

Your hand and wrist are vulnerable to impact injuries. Milder injuries include soft tissue bruising or joint sprains.

Finger, thumb and hand fractures may also occur.

Common Hand & Wrist Injuries

Ankle, Knee & Leg Injuries

Lower limb injuries can occur with overuse eg stress fractures, tendonitis or with trauma eg ankle or knee sprain.

Common Leg Injuries

Neck, Back & Rib Injuries

Boxing can injure your spine or ribs through impact or overstraining. An awesome set of core stability muscles will not only protect your spine from injury, but also improve your punching power and ability to absorb the impact of a punch.

Common Neck Injuries

Common Back Injuries

Cuts & Bruises

Cuts and bruises are the most common boxing injuries. These injuries occur from contact with an opponent’s gloves or head.

Common Soft Tissue Injuries

Kidney Damage

Punches to the kidneys are illegal at all levels of boxing. This rule was set in place in order to protect boxers from the severe damage that a kidney punch can cause. A heavy blow to the kidney can cause kidney failure.

Common Boxing Injuries

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinitis
  • ACL Injury
  • Adductor Tendinopathy
  • Anterior Ankle Impingement
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
  • Back Muscle Pain
  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bursitis Knee
  • Bursitis Shoulder
  • Calf Muscle Tear
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Cramps
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fat Pad Syndrome
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Gluteal Tendinopathy
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Groin Strain
  • Hamstring Strain
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Hip Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Strain
  • Neck Arm Pain
  • Neck Headache
  • Neck Sprain
  • Olecranon Bursitis
  • Osgood Schlatter's
  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patella Tendonitis (Tendinopathy)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Pes Anserinus Bursitis & Tendinitis
  • Pes Planus - Flat Feet
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plica Syndrome
  • Poor Hip Core
  • Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
  • Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Severs Disease
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stress Fracture Feet
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thigh Strain
  • Thumb Sprain
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Whiplash
  • Wry Neck
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    Common Boxing Injury Treatment

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injury? What are the Healing Phases?
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Rotator Cuff Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Scapulohumeral Rhythm Exercises
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • Boxing Injury FAQs

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
  • How Does Kinesiology Tape Reduce Swelling?
  • What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?
  • The Best Core Exercises
  • Heat Packs. Why does heat feel so good?
  • How Does an Exercise Ball Help Back Pain?
  • How to Strap an Ankle
  • Rotator Cuff: What is it?
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are Common Adolescent / Children Leg Injuries?
  • What are Growing Pains?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
  • What's Your Core Stability Score?
  • Why Kinesiology Tape Helps Reduce Swelling and Bruising Quicker
  • Boxing Related Products

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    Last updated 06-Apr-2015 12:00 PM

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