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Question for any Boxers Out There

ChrisWChrisW Registered User new member
edited April 2011 in Social Entropy++
I know this is a stretch, but you guys are (more or less) reliable when it comes to providing advice, so I figured this was as good a place to ask as any (plus a couple boxing forums, too):

I've been going to a boxing gym for a couple months now. The last 20 minutes of every class is comprised of sparring: two boxers climb in the ring, put on head and groin protection and square off. The rest of the class does what the trainer calls "light sparring" – which is, well, exactly that: pairing-up, not hitting too hard and practicing what we learned in the first 40 minutes of the class. However, it's done without headgear.

At the risk of sounding like a wimp: Is this type of light sparring without headgear normal? And is it safe?

The hits aren't hard, but after all the research that's been coming out regarding successive blows to the head – even relatively light ones – I've started to wonder.

Thank you very much in advance.

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  • Goose!Goose! That's me, honey Show me the way home, honeyRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Did you pose this over in H/A? Because that might be a better spot for real advice.

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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    just remember: your face is the toughest part of your body, so be sure to put it in front of any incoming punches

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  • EdcrabEdcrab Actually a hack Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Stupid question, but I'm assuming you're wearing gloves right

    We're not talking bare knuckle here are we

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  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Joe "Tricksy" Mahoney was famous for wearing away at the structural integrity of his opponents fists with his chin

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  • Lord DaveLord Dave Grief Causer Bitch Free ZoneRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm more of a briefs

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I want to encourage new folks, I really do, but coming to a video game centric website and to its anything goes forum asking about boxing advice and head injuries doesn't sound like the best plan.

    I would look for a fighters forum for this question, or ask a doctor. Maybe even a large black gentlemen that rides a bicycle and helps small white guys train to fight incredibly larger athletes.

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Snowbeat wrote: »
    just remember: your face is the toughest part of your body, so be sure to put it in front of any incoming punches

    Pay no attention to Wimp Lo. We purposely trained him wrong...as a joke.

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  • The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2011
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  • Fire TruckFire Truck I love my SELFRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    OP

    You have my name

    Why you have my name?

    Let's hug and be buds

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  • YoSoyTheWalrusYoSoyTheWalrus Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    What

    Wear the headgear

    Your brain is important

    Don't be a dumbass

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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    whoa

    WHOA

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  • The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2011
    Boxers get cauliflower ear, right?

    So yeah, wear it for that reason too.

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  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Lord Dave wrote: »
    I'm more of a briefs

    damn you, you stole my crappy joke!

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  • mcpmcp Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Level up your butterflies and your bees.

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  • TasteticleTasteticle Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    ChrisW wrote: »
    I know this is a stretch, but you guys are (more or less) reliable when it comes to providing advice, so I figured this was as good a place to ask as any (plus a couple boxing forums, too):

    I've been going to a boxing gym for a couple months now. The last 20 minutes of every class is comprised of sparring: two boxers climb in the ring, put on head and groin protection and square off. The rest of the class does what the trainer calls "light sparring" – which is, well, exactly that: pairing-up, not hitting too hard and practicing what we learned in the first 40 minutes of the class. However, it's done without headgear.

    At the risk of sounding like a wimp: Is this type of light sparring without headgear normal? And is it safe?

    The hits aren't hard, but after all the research that's been coming out regarding successive blows to the head – even relatively light ones – I've started to wonder.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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  • alternatingAberrationalternatingAberration I am the milk man My milk is deliciousRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Fire Truck wrote: »
    OP

    You have my name

    Why you have my name?

    Let's hug and be buds

    W-why do you both have my name?

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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
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    yes hello

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  • Fire TruckFire Truck I love my SELFRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Fire Truck wrote: »
    OP

    You have my name

    Why you have my name?

    Let's hug and be buds

    W-why do you both have my name?

    This means something. This is important.

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  • jippeejippee Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Snowbeat wrote: »
    just remember: your face is the toughest part of your body, so be sure to put it in front of any incoming punches

    bonus fact and lame observation: It's the only body body part you never cover up, unless you have certain fundamentalist beliefs.

    I figured that out when last year for the first time in my life I broke something: my nose. It's not even a bone and everybody thinks I "walked into a door".
    I was drunk and I fell on my face, you stupid caring friend people!

    moral of story: remember that people look at your face when they meet you, so be careful who you pick before they disfigure the only part of your body you can't hide.

    jippee on
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  • AgentofOrangeAgentofOrange Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I never wear underwear.

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2011
    We called that the "Sting-ah"

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  • jippeejippee Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Why start boxing when you can play Snooker anyway?

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    off she rode with a trumpety trump
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  • Tommy2HandsTommy2Hands what is this where am i Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
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  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    ChrisW wrote: »
    I know this is a stretch, but you guys are (more or less) reliable when it comes to providing advice, so I figured this was as good a place to ask as any (plus a couple boxing forums, too):

    I've been going to a boxing gym for a couple months now. The last 20 minutes of every class is comprised of sparring: two boxers climb in the ring, put on head and groin protection and square off. The rest of the class does what the trainer calls "light sparring" – which is, well, exactly that: pairing-up, not hitting too hard and practicing what we learned in the first 40 minutes of the class. However, it's done without headgear.

    At the risk of sounding like a wimp: Is this type of light sparring without headgear normal? And is it safe?

    The hits aren't hard, but after all the research that's been coming out regarding successive blows to the head – even relatively light ones – I've started to wonder.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    successive light and very hard blows to the head come with the territory of boxing

    the old man says light sparring sans headgear is fine but how long do you spar? a few rounds? how long are they?

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'd guess the sparring goes for 20 minutes like he said.

    Repeated head impacts should not be taken lightly, even if they don't seem to cause immediate damage. Football (not soccer) players' brains end up pretty damaged by the ends of their careers even if they don't have that many impacts that cause actual concussions.

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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    so how much natural headgear do you have

    jowls absorb impacts very well

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    snowbeat are you being a bit facetious

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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
  • Tommy2HandsTommy2Hands what is this where am i Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
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  • KakodaimonosKakodaimonos Code fondler Helping the 1% get richerRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    ChrisW wrote: »
    I know this is a stretch, but you guys are (more or less) reliable when it comes to providing advice, so I figured this was as good a place to ask as any (plus a couple boxing forums, too):

    I've been going to a boxing gym for a couple months now. The last 20 minutes of every class is comprised of sparring: two boxers climb in the ring, put on head and groin protection and square off. The rest of the class does what the trainer calls "light sparring" – which is, well, exactly that: pairing-up, not hitting too hard and practicing what we learned in the first 40 minutes of the class. However, it's done without headgear.

    At the risk of sounding like a wimp: Is this type of light sparring without headgear normal? And is it safe?

    The hits aren't hard, but after all the research that's been coming out regarding successive blows to the head – even relatively light ones – I've started to wonder.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    If you don't like getting hit in the head, clinch. And while you're in your sweaty man-embrace, head butt your opponent or give in to your forbidden passion. :winky:

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  • TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Yeah, not wearing headgear is pretty dumb.

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  • GeoMitchGeoMitch Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I have 2 rescued boxer dogs and they are the sweetest dogs in the whole world and I love them so much yeshidoiloveyoulildoggies

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  • Tommy2HandsTommy2Hands what is this where am i Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I punched both of those boxers in the head

    and they don't even make dog helmets!

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  • TallaclasseeTallaclassee you ever seen a lion limber up before it takes down a gazelleRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    is getting punched in the head safe

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  • JoeUserJoeUser Forum Santa Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I punched both of those boxers in the head

    and they don't even make dog helmets!

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I would definitely wear the headgear even during the "light sparring". Even if it's a million-to-one chance that something could go wrong, that's still a stupid chance to make

    And if they make fun of you, just punch them in their unprotected heads 'til they can't remember what they were laughing about

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  • TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Also be sure to protect ya neck.

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  • GeoMitchGeoMitch Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    headgear is for pussies bro

    you wanna be a pussy?

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