Common Injuries During Boxing

Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the face.             

-Mike Tyson 

Boxing being a combat sport is a highly aggressive and competitive play. It is undoubtedly considered as one of the most dangerous sports but at the same time, it is one of the most exciting fighting sports. Contrary to being popular, there are some injuries which are very common in boxing.

The most common injuries include:

  1. Boxer’s Fracture

Boxer’s Fracture happens when the minute bones of the palm breaks. The bones and tendons just below the ring finger and little finger suffer the most. It generally happens while punching a hard fixed object with a tightly closed fist. In most cases, the shock is survived by the sturdier bones, however, the fragile and thinner bones get fractured.

Symptoms Include:

  • Sharp pain
  • Swelling on both sides of the hand
  • Limited movement of the fingers
  • The knuckle of the broken finger gets flattened
  • Numbness

Common Treatment Includes:

  • Consult and follow a doctor’s treatment plan
  • Apply ice packs
  • Keeping the hand steady and stable, probably with the help of a splint
  • Limited or no use of the hand
  • Always keep your hand above the heart level for proper blood circulation
  • Physiotherapy may be required to regain full movement
  • Pain killer and medication as prescribed by the doctor.
  • In case of major fracture, one may have to undergo a minor surgery

Recovery Period:

2-3 weeks, in case the fracture is not severe and surgery is not required.

2. Cuts and Bruises

Cuts and bruises happen when an opponent punches you. When is the opponent’s hit or the attack is very strong, the skin gets torn or crumbled too quickly. It may also happen that the angle of the punch or some irregularities on the glove scratch you. These are the most common injuries in boxing.

Symptoms Include:

  • Skin Discoloration: At first the bruise is of a reddish color, with blood beneath the surface. After a couple of days, the color changes to blue or black
  • Swelling
  • Painful
  • Bleeding

Common Treatment Includes:


  • Rinse the cut with cold water
  • Use an antibiotic ointment
  • Apply pressure with a clean gauge to a bleeding cut
  • Cover the cut with a bandage


  • Apply ice packs in case of swelling
  • Reapply ice packs every hour
  • Limit your activity
  • Use heat packs after 48hrs to promote healing
  • Take pain killers if a doctor suggests

Recovery Period:

1-2 weeks depending on the intensity of the cut.

 3. Shoulder Dislocation

Our shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. This attribute makes the shoulder highly susceptible to dislocation. A shoulder dislocation happens when the upper arm is getting popped out from the shoulder joint. It hurts really bad and in boxing, this happens when the opponent punches you really hard in the arm.

Symptoms Include:

  • Sharp and intense pain
  • No or limited movement of the shoulder
  • A visibly deformed or out of place shoulder
  • Numbness
  • Swelling or Bruising
  • Weakness

Common Treatment Includes:

  • Do not move the joint
  • Apply ice-pack on the injured part
  • Use a brace or splint for a few days which keeps the shoulder or joint from moving
  • Surgery may be required if any ligaments or tendons are torn
  • Take a pain killer on the advice of a doctor

Recovery Period:

One can stop wearing the sling after a few days, but it takes about 12 to 16 weeks to completely recover from a dislocated shoulder.

4. Concussion

A concussion is an outcome of hitting the head after a massive fall. It can also happen when you get knocked out because of a powerful punch in the head. These are categorized under traumatic injuries. It means that some internal damage has occurred to the brain. It inhibits the proper functioning of the brain. The damage may be a temporary or permanent one. Concussion rarely happens.

Symptoms Include:

  • Loss of consciousness temporarily
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Slurred Speech
  • Dizziness
  • Amnesia
  • Delayed response in conversations
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Psychological depression
  • Increased sensitivity to light and noise
  • Blurred Vision

Common Treatment Includes:

  • Rest helps to allow the brain to recover. Physical and mental rest is absolutely necessary.
  • Limit activities that require thinking and mental concentration
  • For headaches, you can take pain killers based on doctor’s advice.

Recovery Period:

1-2 months

Well, these were the common injuries which usually happens during boxing.
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