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Get Your Head in the Game

Concussions and brain damage are not topics anyone wants to discuss, but injuries of this type are not exclusive to boxing and combat sports alone.  They impact all athletes in various types of contact sports and it’s best to address these issue head-on, protect yourself properly and take the proper precautions to be sure that you can perform at your best and remain injury-free.  There are numerous pro-active moves you can make to help avoid suffering head trauma or sustaining a concussion.

Shake it all About!

In a recent article we touched on the topic of protein, covered the basics of why it is important to our bodies and how it benefits us as athletes and individuals. However, with just one installment, we were only able to scratch the surface, especially in the area of Protein Supplementation.

Hit ‘em Where it Hurts

Make no bones about it, boxing is a physically tough sport.  Along with that comes the unfortunate byproduct from hours of bag work, sparring, roadwork and trading punches. The result sometimes means dealing with injuries. Although injuries can usually be avoided, they are going to happen…in training and in competition. Whether they are caused by trauma or overuse, boxing is a high intensity, full-contact sport, and all fighters pay some sort of physical toll.

Ironically enough, even though most of the general public sees boxing as being brutal and painful, most common injuries happen during training and not in the actual fight itself.  Sore muscles, sprains, strains, and all kinds of pains are the things that most fighters develop in the gym and simply learn to live with.

Supplement Your Diet

As a fighter you have to treat your body like a well-oiled machine and that means fueling it properly. Contrary to the belief that well-balanced meals have all of the vitamins and minerals you need, they don’t.  Regularly taking a multivitamin is the best way to insure that you are receiving all the necessary nutrients that are lacking in your diet. Opt for a brand that is as natural as possible, free of artificial additives and preservatives.

Spencer Ward is a Nutritionist with the Acupuncture Center in Overland Park KS.