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. A concussion can result in the following symptoms:
- Loss of short-term memory
- Loss of coordination
Wearing headgear can reduce the impact of 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 arise with either a fractured, subluxated or dislocated jaw a possibility.
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.
Ankle, Knee & Leg Injuries
Neck, Back & Rib Injuries
Boxing can injure your spine or ribs through impact or overstraining. An impressive 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.
Cuts & Bruises
Cuts and bruises are the most common boxing injuries. These injuries occur from contact with an opponent’s gloves or head.
Punches to the kidneys are illegal at all levels of boxing. This rule protects boxers from the severe damage that a kidney punch can cause. A massive blow to the kidney can cause kidney failure.
Common Wrist & Hand Pain or Injuries
- Broken Wrist
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- de Quervain's Tenosynovitis
- Finger Sprain
- Hand or Wrist Arthritis
- Muscle Strain
- Neck Arm Pain
- Overuse Injuries
- Pinched Nerve
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury
- Thumb Sprain
Common Wrist & Hand Pain Treatments
- Early Injury Treatment
- Avoid the HARM Factors
- What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
- Acupuncture and Dry Needling
- Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
- Soft Tissue Massage
- Wrist Brace or Support
- Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
- Heat Packs
- Joint Mobilisation Techniques
- Kinesiology Tape
- Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
- Strength Exercises
- Supportive Taping & Strapping
- TENS Machine