Hello all boxers!
I'm considering learning to box, yet I still need to find a gym. Unfortunately, I have no insurance at the moment (I have been living in Austria for the past couple years). I need to know the actual risks. I know the sport consists of beating the crap out of each other, but how easy is it to receive a broken bone (or nose!). Also, I'd REALLY don't want to get brain damage.
What is the likelihood?
I am sorry but boxing as with all martial arts has to be experienced before you think of training. Call up the state Golden Gloves program and find out if there are any sponsored gyms and check one out on a Saturday around 11:00 when all the kids are in for training. When you see what sixteen and seventeen year olds are doing and what is expected of them, then you will get an idea of what will be expected of you. If you are worried about getting hurt, don’t worry, because you will be hurt, that is part of the training. If you can’t take a punch in the face, you really don’t need to go any further. With proper safety gear and good coaching your injuries will be minimum, but you aren’t going to just walk through it like a Palates class, so don’t expect it. Also, check with your YMCA and ask them. If they don’t offer it they usually know someone who does.
Those 16-17 year olds youre mentioning, allready have skills it seems like, if `alot` is being expected from them. I disagree, and I tell you, it doesnt matter tha age, you can come and box for the first time when your`e 30 years old, and defenetly not as much will be expected from you, as from a 16 year old who has been boxing for 3 years. It doesnt matter. The expectations come from the experience you have. One thing that is allways expected in boxing, and other martial arts, is will. But I bet you have that allready, wanting to enter. A trainer once told me ` I have a bunch of guys coming here, wanting to fight, wanting to train..you see, they`re like eggs. Once training gets hard, its like you throw the eggs against the wall. Alot of them brake, cause they only saw it from the outside. The `cool` part about it. People dont know how much time and sacrifice is put into this, until they try it. People that dont brake (eggs) are the ones who have decided that its worth it.`
Go for it. Boxing has cons and pros, but one of the pros is, it will probably make you an even better person (more experienced).
I agree with Jeff, that you defenetly should go to events, to be close to it. Ive had one fight, and the last time I went to a bout (I wasnt fighting) I was getting nervous only from being there. In a cool way. But its a nerve wrecking game, especially if youre gonna fight. But its worth it.
Smaller injuries (headache,obviously from getting punched in the jaw/head, pain in bones, from punching wrong with your hand, bruises, and sometimes even some nose bleed, seem to be things that accompany boxing, as normal as breathing heavyily comes with running.
If you dont want to fight, cool, but I think you should pick up the training, and dont let it be a thing you will think `what if` of. That will hurt more than training. You should be totally fine without insurance, having a good boxing coach. If you allways spar hard, something is wrong.
Think of insurance if youre gonna fight, otherwise, you should be fine.
Go for it.
If you have no insurance, I wouldn't consider taking up any kind of contact sport. But that choice is your own.
As for injuries that you could sustain boxing, here are a few:
-Traumatic Brian Injuries
-Broken hand, ribs, nose, jaw etc
According to researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, approximately 8,700 boxing-related injuries are treated in United States emergency rooms each year. This study was more concerned with children, but it applies to adults as well. Here is a link to the article. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110302101746.htm
Im on page with this guy...
I amateur boxed for a few years in my younger days. And started to train again about 4 years ago. I couldn't commit myself again to the rigors as I had too much going on in my life to take the extra time to stay involved (work/kids/wife/school). Worst injury---- SORENESS. Nothing like getting knocked around a bit, and having your pride beaten up afterwards. Now fast forward 11 years at age 30-- Hands tighten up on cold days and get sore in the wrists from time to time.
If your looking to train in boxing, there are some good aerobic boxing classes that you'll go through the motions of boxing minus the sparring. Normally they are stacked with pretty ladies too. :) Have fun, be safe.
People get injured and die from anything in life. The risks vary by your competence and those around you. Anything you do in life has a risk of bodily injury, even sleeping. Now will you get hurt boxing? In varying measures, yes; will it be anything major? Rarely if ever. Boxing is considerably safer or equal in danger than most any other daily activity. (You're more likely to get brain damage in the car on the way there in a car accident) Just make sure if you take up the sport, like with any other, you do what it takes to ensure your maximum safety.
(I've boxed some, and I must say it's very enjoyable.)
Here's a comprehensive answer from a boxer:
Background: I bareknuckle/handwrap box and have been doing so regularly for three years. It's about the same pace as gloved boxing, but the physical damage one sustains is heightened due to the harder impact of one's fist.
Learning to box is a great way to exercise, blow off some steam, and accept/overcome your own personal weaknesses both physically and mentally. It's a great feeling to know that if you and your lady friend are being mugged you are capable to defend the both of you.
I've had my nose broken before, my jaw dislocated, and currently have a cracked rib. That's the honest, painful truth about it. You will eventually suffer an injury. Taking a slogan from the military, "Pain is temporary, pride is forever". Knowing you willingly stepped into a ring to fight another man just to see who's a better fighter, and stepping out of the ring (either victor or loser) like a man and accepting the outcome is a great feeling.
Rest assured, you will also lose fights. I've lost four. Two of them were brutal losses that ended with injuries. Was I disappointed? Hell yeah. I lost a fight in front of an audience. Did anyone think any less of me? Not a single person. Every fight I lost, whether I was bloodied in the face or body, has a broken bone or was completely fine, I shook my opponent's hand. It's an enriching, rewarding feeling to learn "this" specific kind of respect that not many men afford themselves.
Overall: If you're looking for a test of courage, bravery, and determination, Boxing is a great route to go. My honest advice is to take your first entire 6 months to a year (or more depending on how long you train and your current physical condition) with just training and maybe a few sparring matches.
Also, in full protective practice gear, try going for a sparring match before you start training against someone who knows you haven't started training yet. Tell them you just want to experience a sparring match prior to serious training to see where your current skills benchmark at. This will help you see your natural strengths and weaknesses, so you don't over-train remedial subjects.
That also reminds me, on the subject of hand protection. People can have their definite preference of wraps and all, but my personal undisputed favorite is simply a length of plain white cotton fabric, like the kind you get on a huge roll. A 2" wide roll, split down the middle, will provide 2x(n) number of wraps depending on the length. It's no-frills, dirt cheap, is easily cleaned, and is guaranteed to fit right on your hand because you're the one cutting the length specific to what you want. I find these to be far more comfortable than the nylon ones.
But most importantly is finding a material/wrap/glove that works best for your specific set of fists, so if you're just starting out, try buying one of Type-A, and one of Type-B, and continue comparing types until you find the best working one.
I believe the risk of brain damage is higher in boxing than it is in MMA, if you are worried about that particular issue. Maybe you should think about getting into MMA instead of boxing. I am trying to do MMA right now myself.
Also, it is kind of pointless to be overly concerned about having some kind of permanent health issues when getting into fighting. I mean, in the course of training, let alone actually in a fight, you are going to get the shit kicked out of you at some point regardless, with many minor shit kicking sessions in-between. You are going to get hurt, and you can only hope that you don't have any serious, permanent problems from it and will heal up. So just accept that first of all.
Maybe you could work on developing a more defensive style, with more defensive foot work, and better head movement? And focus more on potshotting, getting in and out and scoring points rather than brawling a guy?
You can box for fitness. Hard boxing workouts are more physically demanding than almost any other sport. I've known guys who never stepped into a ring to compete, yet worked two hours, five days a week in the gym. Some light sparring, with head gear...
The most common injury in the ring is getting cut. The most common injury in training are hand injuries. This is why one must learn how to properly wrap their hands. I preferred Mexican style wraps (with thumb loops) for training. Also, you want the best gloves available for heavy bag work. Specifically, bag gloves. Typically in the 12 to 16 oz range. Hand protection is very important, as a hand injury can end your training for months, in some cases..