Boxing injuries

Boxing injuries

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:

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

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 a possibility of a fractured, subluxated or dislocated jaw.

Shoulder Injuries

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

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

Lower limb injuries can occur with overuse, e.g. stress fracturestendinopathy, or trauma, e.g. ankle or knee sprain.

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.

Kidney Damage

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.

Arm Pain Causes

Arm pain and injuries are widespread. Arm pain can occur as a result of either sudden, traumatic or repetitive overuse. The causes can be related to sports injuries, work injuries or simply everyday arm use.

Arm pain can be a local injury, musculoskeletal injury or could even be referred from nerves in your neck (cervical radiculopathy). This can result in neck-arm pain.

Causes of Arm Pain by Region

Causes of Arm Pain by Structure

Neck-Related Arm Pain

Shoulder-Related Arm Pain

Elbow-Related Arm Pain

Wrist-Related Arm Pain

Hand-Related Arm Pain

Muscle-Related Arm Pain

Other Sources of Arm Pain

Common Causes of Arm Pain

The most common sources of arm pain include shoulder painwrist pain and elbow pain.

Referred Arm Pain

As mentioned earlier, arm pain can be referred to from another source. Cervical radiculopathy is a common source of referred arm pain. Cervical radiculopathy will not respond to treatment where you feel the arm pain. However, it will respond positively to treatment at the source of the injury (e.g. your neck joints).

Professional assessment from a health practitioner skilled in diagnosing both spinal-origin and local-origin (muscle and joint) injuries (e.g. your physiotherapist) is recommended to ensure an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment directed at the arm pain source.

Arm Pain has Diverse Causes.

The causes of your arm pain can be extensive and varied. Due to this diversity, your arm pain should be assessed by a suitably qualified health practitioner to attain an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan and implementation specific to your arm pain.

What Arm Pain is Associated with a Heart Attack?

Left-arm pain can be an early sign of a life-threatening cardiac issue. Based on this, a professional medical assessment that involves an accurate history, symptom analysis, physical examination and diagnostic tests to exclude a potential heart attack is important to exclude this potentially life-threatening source of arm pain.

For more information, please consult with your health practitioner, call an ambulance on 000, or visit a hospital emergency department to put your mind at ease.

Good News. Most Arm Pain is NOT Life-Threatening.

Luckily, life-threatening arm pain is far less likely than a local musculoskeletal injury. Arm pain caused by a localised arm muscle, tendon or joint injury should be assessed and confirmed by your health practitioner before commencing treatment.

Arm Pain Prognosis

The good news is that arm pain, and injury will normally respond very favourably to medical or physiotherapy intervention when early professional assessment and treatment is sought. Please do not delay in consulting your healthcare practitioner if you experience arm pain.

Common Arm Pain Treatments

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most arm injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy or medical care, allowing you to resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living quickly.

Please ask your physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.