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All About Hand Wrapping for Boxing


There are a few things boxers need for training: gloves, good shoes and hand wraps. Hand wrapping is usually the last thing boxers think about. However, your ability to punch lies just as much in your hand wrapping as it does in your mind. Without a good hand wrap, you may be open to injury and hesitate to take a punch. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: All About Hand Wrapping for Boxing

All About Hand Wrapping for Boxing
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  • The first time that hand wrapping for boxing was
    mentioned in history was in Ancient Greece in 688
    B.C.E. Boxing was a part of the very first
    Olympics and was often used in gymnasiums among
    the Grecians as part of their education as young
    men. The Ancient Greeks used strips of oxhide
    softened with olive oil, called himantes, to wrap
    their hands.

The Purpose of Hand Wrapping
  • The purpose of hand wrapping has a few
    objectives. One is to provide a protective
    barrier for the fighters hands. The hand
    structure consists of small joints and small
    bones that are fragile and subject to fracture
    from the impact of repetitive punches. Hand
    wrapping also protects the tendons, muscles and
    cushions the impact of the wrist.

  • The second purpose of the hand wrap is to keep
    the loose or moving joints in place. It provides
    restriction for these joints, so the shock is
    absorbed and redistributed across the entire
    hand. If your joints are moving around when the
    fist makes contact with an object, a fracture
    could occur. Additionally, there could also be
    other injuries to the tendons and muscles. These
    injuries could interfere with your everyday

How to Wrap Your Hands
  • You will need 180 cotton wraps for average size
    hands or 120 for smaller hands. Mexican wraps
    are semi-elastic and are also acceptable wraps
    for you to use. However, they will break down
    faster than cotton wraps.
  • Loop the thumb and wrap behind the hand. Make
    sure you have adequate tension so that when you
    make a fist, the wrap tightens around it.
    However, make sure it doesnt constrict the hand
    too much. Dont run the wrap around the front of
    the hand instead of the back first this will
    loosen the hand wrap when you make a fist.

  • Wrap three times around the wrist. This will
    support the bone structure and tendons in the
    wrist. Note if you have larger than average
    hands, wrap only two times. Make sure that you
    keep the wrap free from wrinkles or lumps. These
    can cause gaps in protection of the hand.
    Finally, keep your wrists straight to keep them
    stable for a fight.
  • Wrap three times around the palm of your hand.
    Youre focused on wrapping around the palm rather
    than the knuckles at this point. Bring it back
    down to the back of your thumb. Also, make sure
    your fingers are spread the same width apart. You
    want to mimic the movements you will be making in
    a spar or bout as you wrap.

  • Wrap around the thumb once. Then go down the back
    of the hand.
  • Lock your thumb. Go behind the thumb and down the
    palm. This will lock the hand wrap into place and
    secure the thumb.
  • Wrap three times around your knuckles.
  • If you have extra wraps left, you can do more Xs
    around the back of your hand. Finish by fastening
    the velcro on the wrist. Throw a few punches to
    see how it feels before putting on your gloves.

Mistakes Made in Wrapping
  • Using too much tape and gauze can cause a problem
    for a fighter. Tape and gauze are porous and can
    allow moisture to seep through. This can cause
    sweat to accumulate, adding additional weight to
    the fighters hands and gloves. Additional weight
    to the boxers gloves means their punches will
    become slower.
  • Another mistake you can make is not understanding
    the anatomical structures of the hand when
    wrapping them. Also, be mindful of your medical
    history when wrapping. Any injuries or other
    hand, wrist or finger issues should be addressed
    before wrapping to better protect them.

  • Last, but not least, choose the right wrap. Wraps
    that are thick and inflexible dont secure the
    hand properly when making a fist.
  • Hand wrapping is an important process before
    training or getting into the ring. Lack of proper
    wrapping can impede your performance. Make sure
    that you follow the tips above and practice them.
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