Boxing requires specific safety equipment to protect you from injury. Using the equipment properly helps you to succeed in the sport and reduce your chance of injury. When you begin boxing, you’ll need to know how to select and use basic boxing equipment to meet your needs.

Wrap your hands before you put your boxing gloves on to help protect your knuckles and small bones in your hands and wrists. Have someone help you do this. Ensure that your wrists and hands are protected but aren’t wrapped so tightly that it comprises your circulation.

Choose boxing gloves according to the type of training you are doing. Gloves are available in different styles and weights. Gloves for speed bags are lighter and have less padding than the heavier sparring and boxing gloves. Heavier gloves are safer for you and your opponent. Try different styles to make sure they feel comfortable and secure around your hand with wrapping in place.

Select shoes specifically made for working out in the boxing ring. They are made out of lightweight materials for ease of movement but have enough traction so you can move quickly without slipping.

Wear a boxing cup protector, which offers more coverage than basic sports cup protectors. The hips, abdomen and groin have more protection from punches.

Finally, protect your teeth with a mouth guard. Choose from a wide variety of mouth guards to find one that is right for you. You will find that some are basic while others will mould to the shape of your mouth and provide shock absorption. It depends on what is most comfortable for you.

Sportsmart stocks a variety of boxing equipment to suit your boxing needs. You can view our boxing range online or visit our stores to get expert advice from our fitness staff and try out the equipment for yourself.

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