WHY YOU NEED HAND WRAPS FOR BOXING
Whether you’re working with a heavy bag, hitting mitts, or sparring, boxing is a contact sport that puts pressure on your knuckles, hands and wrists and like any sport, injuries can happen. If you are a lover of boxing training and combat sports, it takes just one act of love to mitigate injury; wrapping your hands. Consider hand wraps an essential on your protective equipment list and a integral part of keeping the fragile bones in your hands safe.
Our hands do a lot for us, and it’s fair to say we would face many challenges in the ring and in everyday life in the case of injury. Taking steps to prevent hand injury to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments is critical and can be effectively achieved by wrapping your hands every time you fight or train.
Wraps are designed to provide mechanical support and prevent friction and movement in your glove so that the repetitive force created from sparring or hitting a heavy bag is protected by a layer of padding between your hands and the target. Your wrists will naturally want to move with all the angles, so it’s important for them to stay stabilized in the glove to prevent hyperextension. Wearing gloves will also keep you in consistent in the game without needing to take breaks between sessions to allow your hands to heal.
Your hands are your ultimate weapon in the ring so make sure to prep them for ultimate performance. Whether you’re striking or blocking, do it with power and confidence knowing your hands and wrists are padded no matter what angle you need to use them. Wrapping your finger and thumb tightly enables ultimate force and precision. By ensuring your gloves and wraps are working together to absorb the shock of every blow, you allow yourself to keep your head in the game.
Keep your wraps handy for every time you’re about to wear a boxing glove. When wrapping your hands, keep in mind the main four areas that you need to protect; your wrists, your knuckles, your thumb and between your fingers. Practice makes perfect. Before you know it, wrapping your hands will become like muscle and memory and you’ll be able to do it with your eyes closed. There are many different methods out there but the overarching method involves starting with the loop at the end of your wrap around your thumb, then winding around the wrist several times, and finally wrapping alternately between your knuckles and the back of your wrist.
You’re set to go!