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Boxing and hand / wrist injuries.

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by RimBlock, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. RimBlock

    Wise Guy

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    Hi guys,

    As some who read my 'getting fit' thread will know I have taking quite a liking to boxing (freestyle kick boxing) but am constantly ending up with pain in my hands and wrists.

    I am after some advice on suggestions to minimise damage and improve strengthening of the hands and wrists specifically for good ligament, bone etc strengthening as the muscles are exceeding what they can handle at the moment.

    Many thanks
    RB
     
  2. collisster

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    when i took up boxing i wrecked my wrists until I got some handwraps no more sprains or strains for me :) sports direct for like 3 pounds
     
  3. Jon33

    Wise Guy

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    Yeah if you aren't already wrapping your hands go out and get some handwraps, that should help.
     
  4. Von Smallhausen

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    As said, handwraps.

    Everlast do a gel based handwrap for about 12 quid and they work a treat.
     
  5. WantoN

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    I only use traditional wraps, fiddly but effective :)

    Ant :cool:
     
  6. shroomz

    Wise Guy

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    pull-ups to strengthen your grip and because they're just generally awesome, and remember to wrap!
     
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  7. Aedus

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  8. RimBlock

    Wise Guy

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    I have been using wraps from the start and use these. They are not much more than elasticated bandages with a thumb loop and a bit of Velcro.

    The wrapping techniques I use is here.

    The wrap is tight enough to be firm but not tight enough to feel like my hands are throbbing.

    As I have never tended to hit much more than keyboard keys my entire 30+ years I would imagine my fists are quite 'soft' and so the bones will go through he micro fracture strengthening period. Part of the problem I am guessing is that after doing some weight training on and off for the last year, my strength it just too much for the 'softness' of my hands :D.

    I am mainly using my bag gloves now with the heavy and light bags as, especially with the new light bag at the gym, they tend to strip the skin away from the second knuckle (bottom of the fist) which is not covered by the wraps.

    Apart from the occasional miss-strike, mainly on hooks / uppercuts, jarring my wrists, when exercising I have no ill effects. It is usually the next two days and this will continue longer if they have really had a pounding.

    Deadlifts are generally in my routine as are pull-ups but due to lack of shoulder strength (3*10 on military press 70lbs - 30Kg, deadlift 134lbs - 61Kg) I am still week with them. Lat pulldowns are fine although I find it is the aching in my hands from doing those that gets me, having to shake it out after.

    Cheers for any other advice.

    RB
     
  9. THE DOC

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    its maybe more down to form
    are you hitting with the two/three biggest knuckles
    and not the base of the fingers [common]
    and are you punching from the hip and turning your hands
     
  10. RimBlock

    Wise Guy

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    My suspicion as well.

    The knuckle of my second finger is protruding maybe 2-3mm further forwards to the rest. I would imagine this would be in most cases the initial point of impact. The knuckles on the fingers either side are about the same distance and the small finger knuckle is back another 1-2 mm.

    I am not sure what you mean by connecting at the knuckle or base of the finger. Any diagrams etc to clarify around ?

    Yes punching from the hip for the cross and hooks, maybe a little but not much from the jab.

    If anyone has any diagrams of proper technique, impact points etc then I would be most grateful.

    Cheers
    RB
     
  11. Sin_Chase

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    When you start taking some skin off and getting red marks on your knuckles you know you are getting the right impact point :D
     
  12. 'Wes

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    Aedus, you're not ordering products directly from their site are you?
     
  13. Jon33

    Wise Guy

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    It might be worth trying to wrap your hands like you would for Thai boxing (if you're straps are long enough, sure mine are 5m rather than 2.5m) as it will cover the knuckle you have problems with.
     
  14. RimBlock

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    Any links to a guide ?

    From the session last night, both hands are ok although I did jar my wrist a couple of times with the left hook. Top two fingers (ie by the thumb in hammer grip) were connecting with the bag before the rest. I did do the wraps a little tighter and generally only used the gloves over the wraps and not just the wraps.

    Cheers
    RB
     
  15. shroomz

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  16. RimBlock

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    Yes, thanks, I will give that a go as well.

    Why would that be ?.

    Oh the wrap instruction is the same technique I use apart from the individual finger separation. I have been using the technique with just a single separation between the second and third fingers.

    Cheers
    RB
     
  17. shroomz

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    To be honest I dont actually know, and it seems wrong to protect the hands without protecting the fingers. I've just been told that wrapping your fingers is more of a Thai thing and boxing gyms don't like it very much
     
  18. bloodline76

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    My dad used just hit sand to toughen up his knuckles when he used to box. ;)
     
  19. RimBlock

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    Much like the Shaolin monks doing the same. The impact creates microfractures which the body heals and in much the same way as the muscle getting healed strengthens the muscle, the bone repair does the same by increasing bone density. That is what I understand to happen anyway :D.

    I imagine the same is happening at the moment with just hitting the bag as my bones are probably very soft.

    Cheers
    RB
     
  20. Sin_Chase

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    I am wrapping Thai Style with finger separations and it works awesome. I would make a video but the net here is a bit too woeful for uploading.

    There are "standard" techniques but most people do it differently as preference of needing to protect a certain area more. Sometimes I wrap knuckles more, sometimes less.

    I have no idea why a Thai style wrap in a western boxing gym would be frowned upon but tbh that's the sort of crap I could imagine coming from some elitest bunch of people.