Why boxing is the ideal sport for children?
Today we are going to tackle a sometimes sensitive and somewhat controversial subject. Since many adults are boxing fans or already practice it themselves, the question naturally arises: should I encourage my child to box ? Or should I let him take an interest in boxing for himself ? Is it good to encourage my children to enter the boxing ring and to compete ?
The dangerous nature surrounding boxing certainly contributes to a certain apprehension around this sport, and this can be particularly moralizing for certain parents who encourage their children to box.
Of course, it should be noted that this reputation for danger is not entirely undeserved, because, as we all know, boxing can indeed be dangerous. But for reasons of objectivity, we also need to look at what boxing is precisely – a very controlled contact sport. In boxing, opponents rest every three minutes. Competitors wear many protective equipment and are constantly surrounded by their trainer, arbitrators, while medical personnel are still there.
Is boxing safe for children ?
Many pediatricians in particular in the United States have a well-known recommendation that doctors around the world should vigorously oppose boxing of the youngest, as it carries the risk of dangerous head injuries such as concussions and other.
While this is true, it is not a statistically significant danger and we could argue. There are many boxing veterans, professional boxers and coaches who claim that head injuries like the ones mentioned just above are very, very rare. So to the question: Is boxing for children 100% safe ? The answer is of course not, but what sport is ? Pediatricians and doctors generally advise parents to keep their children away from contact sports and to refer them to community sports that are considered to be less violent, such as basketball, football, handball and others.
However, if we take into account what is really going on in the practice of these team sports, we get a different picture. Run for an hour or more on a field with ten or sometimes 20 other players (or more during training) is probably not the safest thing to do, especially when you consider the danger of tackles, jumps, dangerous falls and sometimes frontal shocks with other players. It’s rare, but very serious or sometimes fatal head kicks happen in football, and high speed head blows are unfortunately common in rugby or American football for example. Basketball players are regularly thrown on the ground, often trampled by another player who has refused them the ball, and so on. Doctors who rush to transport an injured player off the field are common in most of these public sports.
What to say is that if we look for dangerous injuries, we will always find them. Like this image of a skier that we all have in mind – smashing in a protective barrier, then in the trees, their skis breaking into pieces and their legs flying like spaghetti. All this at speeds of more than 150 km / h. So, should we ban or avoid skiing either ? The conclusion is that all intensive physical sports involve a risk, and in rare cases, a fatal risk. But back to the security aspect of boxing, we will take a closer look at how it works for children, and what the benefits are for them.
The benefits of boxing in children
Or, why can boxing be good for your child ? There are many reasons, in fact. Let’s start with the most general – it teaches personal development and discipline in a safe space, under the supervision of trained adults. This advantage of boxing is actually more like an umbrella with a multitude of specific advantages. The most obvious advantage comes first:
Boxing is good for physical health
And, perhaps most importantly, it fights inactivity and obesity. Childhood obesity is becoming one of the most worrying and apparently most common health problems in developed countries, it is very important. Today, many children grow up on a diet unfortunately made up of high-calorie and sugar-rich, often unhealthy, food with a bunch of extra sweets and soft drinks. And to drive the point further, their way of life is hardly suited – the supremacy of the Internet and the simplification of modern life eliminate almost all the needs for physical activity. Everything is apparently at the tip of the finger, and lo and behold, which explains why an epidemic of obesity is happening.
Believe it or not, boxing allows you to get rid of excess fat very quickly. Boxing training sessions include many intense and healthy exercises such as running, rope jumping, leg control and mobility, while including an excellent practice of eye and hand coordination . Training in powerful and rapid punches does wonders for the upper body, while endurance exercises and those based on the footwork ensure that the remaining fat is redistributed evenly. Finally, boxing improves balance and coordination in children and makes them more resilient to better cope with the trials in their everyday life.
Boxing is psychologically healthy for your child
It is a truth to say that boxing builds character. From the films about Rocky and the culture of boxing in general, it is clear that boxing can help someone find inner strength, overcome obstacles and become a winner. As mentioned above, boxing greatly improves physical health, which is accompanied by a bunch of wellness hormones that boost children’s confidence in them.
Which, in turn, will make the child in question less aggressive. It may be counterintuitive, but a child who is confident and confident is less inclined to outbursts of anger or the need to develop through confrontation of whatever kind. This is all the more important as young boxers quickly learn that not controlling their anger during a match is a sure way to lose the fight. Intense emotions, like anger, decrease concentration, and a good boxer will always develop better self-knowledge and good emotional control.
To top it off, fighting an opponent, playing an agile footwork or punching a punching bag all requires clear and sustained mental concentration. We don’t need to tell you that this is a very useful feature in class. If you can succeed in the ring, you can pass a test for school. Boxing is a school where concentration and determination are the main subjects; two skills that bring immense benefits that will last a long time in adult life.
Boxing is a safe sport for children
Boxing is an activity always practiced with a framework, and boxing of the youngest is a very supervised activity where children are always supervised by adult and trained professionals. The fact is that most exercises and training sessions take place outside the ring, and do not include hitting other children, or hitting at all, by the way. Most of the time, young boxers are busy stretching, preparing or punching their punches on punches. You will often see children jump on the rope, run or go shadow boxing (box in a vacuum). As a result, the most common wounds related to boxing in the youngest are often the least serious: bruises on the joints, fractures in the fingers or in the palm, scratches here or there and others, etc. None of the famous head trauma that doctors fear most.
The only time that children who practice boxing face another child like their opponent is during the sparring. However, it should be noted that sparring is not strictly speaking a fight. Coaches always make sure to inform children that the purpose of this practice is not to hurt the opponent or punch, but rather to learn new techniques and other styles of boxing. It is therefore above all with the aim of becoming a better boxer, and of acquiring better mastery of the techniques and skills required.
In addition, most training sessions last approximately 2 or 3 minutes, and sometimes even 1 minute only. Coaches know the abilities, endurance and strength of each young boxer, so they make sure they always match the kids with a training partner who is at their level. No fight can take place without the coach’s green light, so children are never exposed to fighting unattended or fighting against a partner too strong for them.
Finally, it goes without saying that young boxers always wear protective equipment during combat. This includes upholstered boxing gloves, protective helmet (padded), tooth protectors and sometimes even body protections. Boxing gloves help ensure that punches hurt less and minimize injuries. The helmet adds very effective additional protection against punches. The tooth guard is essential to protect the jaw, teeth and tongue. While body protections protect against ill-placed or low blows (which are however explicitly prohibited and against the rules). Other sports, especially team sports, cause much more injury, more places and more often.
The social benefits of boxing for the youngest
A secondary advantage of boxing that is often overlooked, especially with regard to the younger generation, is that it is socially positive for a large number of children who practice it. It is more and more common to see that boxing allows children to leave their homes or the streets and gives them something healthy, safe and productive to do. And this, while allowing them to decompress and channel their energy, their aggressiveness and their agitation.
And while this can be said for many existing sports, boxing comes with the additional bonus of teaching self-defense and self-protection, which can also be useful for the whole community. In addition, through boxing, children learn discipline and self-exceeding, and they are almost always surrounded by figures of authority such as coaches or adult professional boxers, most of whom are very good models to follow.
All of this contributes to channeling much of the aggressiveness and agitation of children or adolescents far from the street and in a controlled, supervised and inspiring environment. Boxing among young people stimulates trust, self-esteem, self-determination and self-control at a young age, which is very useful in dealing with everyday problems in everyday life. In addition, this discipline offers a reassuring space where they can be themselves and in which they will be able to familiarize themselves with healthy ideals.
In short, boxing makes “bad neighborhoods” less bad. It is a healthier outlet for young people’s hormones than joining gangs, using hard drugs or giving in to alcohol abuse or other questionable practices in urban life.
Even if it may seem controversial at first glance, boxing for children is in fact safe and even beneficial for young people and adolescents. The benefits range from personal to social level. Children who practice this sport are physically healthier, mentally more active, and psychologically more resistant.
Most boxing training takes place outside the ring, and when they take place in the ring, they are supervised by professional and trained adults. For more safety and comfort, young boxers wear protective helmets during combat, and their combat rounds are usually limited to just a few minutes.
In addition, boxing creates a healthy and inspiring outlet for all that energy that needs to be channeled. This creates a personal virtuous circle with a positive influence on the entire local community, thus minimizing delinquency and vices among adolescents. In conclusion, boxing is healthy and beneficial for children as individuals, while creating a positive change in the society in which they find themselves.