Do know the most common injuries in boxing?

Boxers need to be able to move in any direction quickly, smoothly and efficiently in order to avoid strikes and prepare for attacks.

Quick, explosive movements demand both strength and motor skills. The athlete needs to be in control of the shoulders, back, hips, knees and ankles, all at the same time.

The most common acute injuries among boxers are concussions, cuts and blows to the face, and injuries to the hands, fingers and wrists. There can also be muscular injuries from direct blows or from pulling muscles. Ankle sprains and dislocated shoulders are not uncommon. Many boxers are also susceptible to overuse injuries, which can cause long-lasting problems in the knees, calves and feet.

Common injuries

  • Concussion
  • Facial injuries: cuts, broken bones in the nose
  • Wrist sprain
  • Hand fractures
  • Finger sprain
  • Boxer’s knuckle
  • Bennett’s fracture
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Achilles tendinopathy 
  • Strain injuries in the shoulders, neck, back, knees, calves and feet