In boxing, as in many other traumatic types of martial arts, a protective helmet is a mandatory item of equipment that athletes use both at competitions and during daily training. The helmet has two important tasks assigned to it, with the performance of which it is obliged to cope perfectly:
If you are going to buy a boxing helmet that meets the basic requirements for this type of equipment, you need to figure out what types of helmets exist on the market and what are the features of each type. Based on these data and your own individual needs, you will be able to choose the most comfortable and practical protective helmet.
The main types of protective helmets for boxing, etc., as well as their characteristic features
Classes in any kind of martial arts include two stages – training and competitions. For each stage, as a rule, a certain type of protective helmets for boxing or other martial arts is used. The specifics of the training process require the helmet to minimize the likelihood of injury and provide optimal protection for the nose, ears, chin and cheekbones of the athlete. The tournament model of the helmet for boxing, which goes without a chin, has a slightly different task – to provide the best possible overview.
Let’s take a closer look at the types of protective helmets for boxing and other martial arts presented on the Ukrainian market, the differences in which are due to the specifics of their purpose and the level of protection.
Conditions for choosing a helmet for boxing and other martial arts – criteria and nuances
Having dealt with the protection factor, it’s time to move on to other criteria and parameters that determine the choice of a helmet for boxing. In addition to protecting the head and face, we need to buy a product that will be conveniently fixed and sit comfortably. So, the next step is to choose the material and the right size.
The modern market offers to the attention of buyers from Kiev, Kharkiv and other regions of the country an impressive selection of materials, among which vinyl, natural and artificial leather are the leaders in popularity. The cost of protection directly depends on the quality characteristics and wear resistance of the material.
- Very durable (and relatively expensive) are leather helmets for boxing, in which the athlete will not be as hot as in synthetic equipment.
- High-quality models made of leatherette (PU leather) also have a solid service life, are comfortable, and their price is much more democratic than that of leather analogues.
- Vinyl helmets for boxing and kickboxing cannot be considered truly reliable. Vinyl does not have hygroscopicity, and it begins to deteriorate quite quickly during intensive operation – by the end of the first season. For beginners who go to their first training sessions, this is an acceptable option, but vinyl will not withstand heavy work.
Polyurethane foam usually acts as a filling for the helmet. In original branded products, manufacturers use ultralight materials with excellent shock absorption characteristics, for example, a multi-level integrated G-core gel and foam filler. Pay attention to the presence of non-slip pads inside the boxing helmet (suede, textile, mesh material). It is needed so that during intensive training, sweat is absorbed into the fabric, and does not flood your eyes.
Different manufacturers approach the issue of choosing a protective helmet for boxing in size from different positions. Some offer the consumer audience a wide dimensional grid (XS /S, S, M, L, XL), others – the adjustment of the only option. In the case of the size range, it is important to clearly determine your size, because an error in one direction or another will cause trouble – serious discomfort or instability. You need to measure the circumference of the head in the forehead area and compare the data with the manufacturer’s table. On sale, you can freely buy both a children’s boxing helmet and the largest size of protection for kickboxing.
The fierce competition in the market of manufacturers of sports equipment in the modern world is due to the popularization of martial arts. Goods from leading world and domestic manufacturers are available to buyers from Kiev, Kharkiv and other cities of Ukraine. The market is also flooded with a huge number of cheap goods from unnamed Chinese brands.
If you are going to buy a protective helmet for training and competitions, of course, you should not chase the lowest price. The equipment that protects your head, and on which your safety depends, must be of high quality. Entrust your choice to a reputable brand with an impeccable reputation. Ideally, it would be worth buying a product from brands represented at the Olympiads and championships of the highest level. Not all models have the degree of accreditation – approval by special organizations for different types of martial arts (AIBA in boxing, WTF in taekwondo, etc.).
Choosing a boxing helmet is a responsibility for the safety of an athlete
It must be clearly understood that no boxing helmet in the world, even the most expensive, dense and thick, can guarantee you one hundred percent protection from injury during the development of shock techniques. He will not save you from a knockdown or a knockout. The maximum safety of a boxer in the ring is achieved:
- the speed of reaction;
- observing the correct distance;
- absolute concentration on the opponent’s movements and their own movements;
- by constantly improving their skills and honing their skills.
Realizing this, pay tribute to the role of protective equipment. A protective helmet in boxing and various types of martial arts is required to be worn not only by novice athletes, but also by professionals.
Choosing a helmet for boxing with or without a bumper for training, amateur or professional competitions is a responsible matter that should be approached very carefully and even scrupulously. There is no need to consider cheap options from dubious sellers, since such goods are unlikely to meet the expectations placed on the equipment.