August 16, 2016 0:00

// Boxing and martial arts

Bandages are an integral protective element of every boxer, using them, you will protect yourself from possible hand injuries. Boxing gloves do not provide 100% protection during training, due to the insufficiently tight fit to the hand, so do not neglect the purchase of bandages. To make your workouts not only safe, but also comfortable, you need to know how to properly bandage boxing bandages. Boxing bandages are made of elastic and inelastic material. If you chose an elastic bandage, then it will fit your arm better than an inelastic one, but during long workouts, you may feel unpleasant sensations from squeezing blood vessels and nerves. A high-quality elastic bandage should stretch only a couple of millimeters. The inelastic structure allows your hands to “breathe”, and the cotton material perfectly absorbs moisture. Now that you have decided on the type of boxing bandage, we turn to the most important question: how to properly bandage them?

The classic method of bandaging is the most common. Its main advantage is simplicity and minimal time spent. Mistakes may occur during the first attempts at bandaging, but if you practice a couple of times or ask your coach to show everything clearly, you will soon learn how to do bandaging yourself and very quickly.

  • Start bandaging your hands with your thumb, then wrap the bandage around your wrist.
  • Repeat the first step again and securely fix the bandage.
  • Wrap the outer part of the arm (shock) and make the transition to the inner side.
  • The coils that have formed must necessarily overlap each other only half.
  • Wrap the bandage around the knuckles and go to the most unprotected areas of your brush and secure with Velcro.
  • If the position of the Velcro is inverted, but it is not necessary to rewind the bandages again, it is enough to turn it over.
  • The cross method of bandaging (“eight”) is the most reliable fixation. Using it, your hands are least susceptible to injury, as the metacarpal joints and the knuckle area of the impact surface are maximally protected. Cross bandaging is more difficult, unlike the classical method, but during the training of a boxer, the gloved hand feels more comfortable. The force of the blow increases, as it is possible to clench your fist tighter. Eight bandaging is the choice of professionals, because using this method, your hands and joints will be safe.

  • Put the loop on your thumb and wrap the boxing bandage around your wrist.
  • Go to the index finger of the hand and wrap the bandage around the joint.
  • Go back to the brush towards the little finger.
  • Re-wrap your wrists and repeat step #1 with the rest of your fingers.
  • Go to the knuckles (the impact surface of the fist) and return to the wrist, and then stick the Velcro.
  • The main mistakes when bandaging:

  • In any case, do not allow the formation of folds, as during training you can severely damage the skin of your hands.
  • Too much compression of veins and nerves can lead to loss of sensitivity, especially during sparring.
  • A weak bandage will not allow you to practice normally, due to the constant unwinding and sliding from your hands.
  • Choose the correct length of the bandage: professional appointment (from 4 meters), amateur (the optimal length is 2.5 meters).
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