Before we discuss the essential boxing equipment for kids that you should buy, let’s settle the debate – for once and for all – whether kids should learn boxing or not. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that it wants doctors to “vigorously oppose” junior boxing because of the fear of head injuries like concussions.
But the fact is head injuries are very rare in junior-level boxing. Most kids spent their time at the gym stretching, conditioning and working out with the punching bags. Sparring happens when they are much older, and even then it is strictly controlled by a supervisor so that nothing untoward happens.
Boxing helps build up confidence in shy kids and teaches them how to defend themselves. Kids learn self-discipline and the importance of hard work from their time spent on practicing boxing. They also achieve an excellent level of physical fitness which helps them well into adulthood.
Having said that, it is important to buy the best boxing equipment for kids, so that they are well protected and enjoy the time spent in the gym, without getting injured or hurt in any way.
Here are the boxing equipment for kids you should buy…
Now, you may think all boxing gloves are the same, but the devil lies in the details. Some gloves are made much better than the others. Boxing gloves are categorized into fitness gloves, sparring gloves, training gloves, and bag gloves. Bag gloves and training gloves are used for practice; sparring gloves are used for competitions.
Your kids will be spending all their time in practice, so you’ll have to buy many training and bag gloves for them. Buy a spare sparring glove as well, just in case. Fitness gloves are used in training and workouts, but they are generally for professional boxers. There are many specialized boxing gloves made by different brands that are meant especially for children. You may want to check them out as well.
By boxing apparel, we mean boxing shorts – which are most important, as well as shirts, vests, hoodies, tracksuits and trousers. You don’t have to get all of these items for your kids, but boxing shorts are a must. They should be comfortable, secure and flexible. Your kid should be able to move about the ring quite easily in them.
Protective gear are the most important parts of boxing equipment for kids. Some of the essential protective gear are mouth guards, wraps, chest guards, inner gloves, head guards, groin guards and shin protectors. Kids should be well protected especially when they are sparring. Groin guards and mouth guards are a must.
Boxing headgear is a must. Your kid should not take part in any sparring without them. They are a must in junior boxing competitions as well. You cannot be careful enough while selecting the right headgear for your child as you definitely cannot take the risk of him or her getting any head injuries while sparring.
Training pads are an essential part of the training. Hook and Jab pads, Thai pads and kick shields are a part of boxing training. They help to improve speed, accuracy and precision and agility in the ring, especially when working with a trainer.
With punch bags, your kids can practice their boxing skills at home as well. Punch bags are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are punch bags that have been specifically designed for junior boxers as well.
Boxing accessories include skipping ropes and various other fitness equipments. They make your kid fitter and stronger and ready to take on any challenge in the ring. Another boxing accessory you should buy for your kid is a kit bag, to hold everything together.
Hope you found this article informative. Boxing is a great sport for kids. Choosing the right type of boxing equipment of kids will keep them safe, improve their performance but save money as well.
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