The question that I most often get from parents is “Will my child get hurt if they box”? Their concern is perfectly understandable since most people’s perception of “Boxing” is that it is just another word for “Fighting”. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Although there is punching to the head and body when someone is training to compete as an amateur or professional boxer, most of the benefits of Boxing can be achieved with no contact at all. The key to this however is proper instruction. It is important for a trainer to know what the student needs, abilities, and goals are. For instance, if a child is deconditioned or sedentary and is starting on a new path to fitness, it is important to focus more on technique in the beginning so that they may work on basic athleticism before developing power and speed. Verbal and visual cues, along with positive reinforcement, will help build a child’s confidence as well as their physical fitness. If a child is already an athlete, Boxing, with the help of a skilled trainer, will complement the sports specific training that is already part of the athletes regimen.
Many top level athletes use boxing as a way to enhance their performance both mentally and physically. Endurance, strength, confidence, and discipline are what a child should get from boxing, not a black eye.
By John Snow, Boxing Trainer and Certified Personal Trainer for Energetic Juniors