Boxing is a combat sport that has become increasingly popular in fitness facilities around the world. However, with the increasing popularity of boxing comes an increase in injuries associated with the sport. A recent study conducted in Queensland, Australia aimed to analyse the incidence rate, characteristics, and sources of hazards of boxing-related injuries at fitness facilities that were presented to emergency departments.
The study found that there were 205 cases of boxing-related injuries at fitness facilities that were presented to emergency departments in Queensland over a 10-year period. The majority of the injured individuals were males, with a median age of 22 years. The most common injuries were sprains and strains, followed by fractures. Injuries to the hand/fingers and foot/toes were the most common in the upper and lower extremities, respectively.
The study also found that the incidence rate of boxing-related injuries significantly increased during the study period by 1,467%. The most common sources of hazards were physical contact with another person, slip/trip/fall, and physical contact with an object/surface.
Given the popularity of boxing-related training drills in the fitness industry, there is a critical need for the promotion of safety and injury prevention strategies to limit the occurrence and severity of boxing exercise injuries. The study highlights the importance of proper training techniques and safety measures to reduce the risk of injury when practicing boxing in a fitness setting.
In conclusion, while boxing can be an effective and enjoyable form of exercise, it is important to prioritize safety and injury prevention. By implementing proper safety measures and promoting safe training techniques, fitness facilities can help reduce the risk of boxing-related injuries and promote a safe and healthy exercise environment for all.
Del Vecchio, L., & Sekendiz, B. (2022, March). An epidemiological analysis of boxing-related injuries at fitness facilities presented to emergency departments in Queensland, Australia. Paper presented at the ESSA Research to Practice 2022 Conference