Boxing headgear- what makes it so important for your trainings?
sie 9, 2020

Boxing headgear- what makes it so important for your trainings?


For most people who are only beginning their adventures with boxing or any other fight sport, choosing and buying the right head protection gear might not be a priority. First trainings are usually focused on learning basic moves and building stamina- serious sparring and full contact practice only appears later on. There is very little risk of getting punched in the face during are those first weeks or months of trainings, therefore the list of necessary purchases is filled with items like hand wraps, boxing shorts, ankle guards, boxing gloves or mouth guards (if one is practising kicks, shin guards might also come in handy). However, as soon as you start including sparring sessions into your trainings, you will know it is the right time to start looking around for a proper piece of headgear.

Training full-contact sports such as boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, or MMA carries a risk for health that should never be overlooked. There are known cases of people sustaining serious injuries or losing their lives in the ring or in the octagon. Many of these accidents could have been avoided had the athletes prepared better and protected vulnerable parts of their body. This applies to both amateurs and professionals- even if professional fights and boxing matches very much larger risk injury, this does not make amateur trainings any less dangerous in itself.

Regardless of our experience in the ring, it is key to choose the right equipment for our trainings and protect the one thing that can’t be replaced- our body. Good protective gear will help us minimise the risk of injuries by limiting the force of the impact of the punches, strikes and kicks we are forced to endure during fights and sparring sessions.

Equipment of a serious fighter depends on their chosen discipline- boxers will need to buy a pair of good boxing shoes, which will be likely useless for people training Muay Thai, who in turn will need a pair of good shin guards and elastic ankle supports.

Let’s take a look at the most important attributes of any ring warrior:

Boxing gloves, MMA gloves, hundredths, boxing shoes, shinguards, mouthguard, elbow guards, knee guard, ankle support, and last but not least- boxing helmet.

In this article we would like to take a closer look at the problem of choosing optimal fight protection equipment, that does not limit the range of your movements, doesn’t weigh you down, but still offers significant substantial your opponents and partners. We wish to explain the importance of wearing proper headgear during trainings and help you choose the right one for your trainings.

Why is it so important to wear headgear?

Most amateur federations will require competitors to wear protective headgear and sparring gloves weighing 16 oz, but it is also often necessary to wear those during sparing sessions. Most gyms will actually not allow you into the ring without proper protection, seeing as it endangers both yours and your opponent’s health.

How to choose the right headgear for boxing

There’s at least one thing that everyone needs to remember when choosing their headgear: badly fitted headgear will be of no use to the person wearing it. It might even make things worse for them- by limiting range of vision, exposing the head, constantly slipping off and bothering the boxer. When you make your purchase you need to make sure that your gear is the right size for you. To prevent the headgear from turning to the side or falling off, you will need to fit it to your head size properly. Badly fit gear might be a deciding factor in a fight, and either help you win it or make you lose it. This ought to be enough of an argument for you to spare no time or expense when picking your headpiece.

There’s no point in throwing away money on unnecessarily expensive fight gear but you surely wouldn’t want to be stingy when it comes to matters of safety. This certainly applies in the case of fight sports and buying fighting equipment- not just because it is so important to keep your face and brain safe, but also because if you choose the right model of a helmet, you may be able to use it up to 10 years- provided your head does not increase in size too much. In our experience, it is a much better solution to invest a little more money in buying a good headgear that might serve you for the whole decade instead of throwing away money on a new one every year. Regardless of whether or not we are buying gloves, body protectors, MMA groin guard, regular boxing headgear, sparring headgear or shin guards, we ought to make our research beforehand and check what material is the particular piece of equipment is made of.

Typically, genuine leather fits better and is more resilient. Headgear made by brands such as Venum, Yokkao, Fairtex, Top King is generally very well fitting, and their equipment is pretty much indestructible.

Headgear chosen without first trying it on, but without any research, might turn out to be useless to the boxer. If too large ,it will fall down easily or turn to the side during the fight. If it is too tight wearing the headgear will be painful, or at least cause discomfort and may result in bruises and cuts. Boxing hair gear, just like boxing gloves or shin guards must be a proper fit for its owner full stop we will now go through different elements of that gear and explain their importance in finding the right fit for the user.

Chin strap

In a boxing helmet, chin strap is located under the chin and keeps the headgear in place. If it is to lose or if the Velcro is not strong enough, then the head of year will keep moving on the boxers heard, which might call will result in issues during the fight or sparring. If, on the other hand the strap is too tight, it might start choking its wearer, which in the Extreme conditions of a boxing match, might have serious results..

It’s also important that the headgear doesn’t limit your range of vision too much. You need to keep your ability to attack and defend yourself you should never lose your opponent out of your site. Headgear therefore should be broad and open enough to allow competitors to see everything that is going on around them.


Headgear is typically filled with special kind of foam it is important that its layers are thick enough. If there is not enough foam inside your head gear, it won’t be much more useful than a T-shirt wrapped around your head. Make sure that the filling, stuffing is thick enough. Remember this is about your comfort and safety. High density foam will also allow the headgear to fit to your skull shape, but may also be easier to lose its own shape. Superlight material will be more comfortable to wear but it won’t be as effective in protecting you from strikes against your head and face.

Design and appearance

What people like is, by definition, a matter of taste. Personal preference considering appearance and design are just that- personal. Nowadays there are so many colours and styles that everyone should be able to find something suitable. Find your perfect suit in our webstore.

Price and cost

There is no use in pretending that money doesn’t matter. Price is often the decisive factor when purchasing new piece of boxing gear. Still, we need to remember the reason and purpose for buying headgear. You can’t put a price tag on your health. You don’t want to be the guy spending a week in a hospital due to brain damage because he was trying to save a few pennies on a knock-off headgear. In the long run, spending £150 is a lot cheaper than a prolonged medical recovery, or in a better case scenario, buying a new head gear every year.

Buying all elements of your fighting gear is no small investment. Fortunately, it does not have to be a single shopping spree, and can be done in steps.. No one is telling a beginning boxer to her by headgear, three pairs of hand wraps, professional boxing gloves, shin guards and all that on the first day and step into the ring you’ll see, that your expectations towards your gear functionality will keep growing as you progress. A beginner boxer will have completely different needs and expectations from a semi-professional participating in the first competition, and they may choose a different kind of boxing headgear.

Similarly to most other sporting disciplines that require wearing head protection- such as American football or hockey- there is one main reason for wearing the headgear, and it should be sufficient. The boxing helmet is there to protect your face and head from injuries. Protect your head during the training! Wearing a headgear for safety reasons is recommended both in the case of children, teenagers as with adult competitors. Strikes against face, particularly in boxing, kickboxing or MMA, may result in broken facial bones, broken noses, deep bruises and cuts, or in the worst case, concussions and brain-damages. Boxing hair gear helps to protect your face, but might not be a sufficient protection from shocks. A strong blow to the head will increase the pressure inside the fighters skull, damage fragile blood tissue and cause slight neurological damage. Brain will bounce against the skull, and a particularly hard blow might cause dangerous internal bleeding.

Even if a fighter is wearing full head gear, they might lose consciousness as a result of a particularly strong blow to the head, kick or punch against their jaw or temple.

That situation is known in the profession as a knockout.

Most types of headgear are open. Their most important function is to protect the cheekbones, skull, and are secured with a twin strap. There are however more built up versions such as the headgear with nose protection. A good headgear will not get pulled down easily, sticks to the skin, neutralises the punches. However, that happens only if it is the right fit and size for its user. That is why it is so important to choose the right type for each person.

It might be interesting to know that head gear is no longer required in the boxing Olympics since the 2013 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. International amateur boxing Federation and international Olympic Committee decided that it is actually safer to participate in the boxing matches without wearing headgear- statistically, the number of concussions decreased if the boxers were not required to wear headgear*. Does this mean headgear is useless? Certainly not. First of all, this research applies to world class, Olympic level boxing, where fighters move with much higher speed and throw much stronger punches than any amateur or beginner could dream of. They train specifically to land punches at the most vulnerable parts of the opponents body and head, for example throwing strong uppercuts at the opponents chin-the one side of the head that is not protected by the head of year, and only by the strap. At the amateur level, where knockouts are not as common and boxers are often struggling to land any strong punch on their opponent’s chin, a good headgear will do its job just fine. After all, even professional boxers prefer to wear their headgear during trainings and only take it off for the actual fight, when they can’t allow for anything to limit their sight and freedom of movement.

* (whether the statistic research about concussions was interpreted correctly is a still discussed matter).



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