How and why you should use boxing wraps
A must for boxers, but why? Let's find out
Why use them?
If you've never used hand wraps, you may not realise that they help protect your hand and wrist joints by keeping them from moving when punching.
The hands and wrists are put under a lot of pressure when boxing and you need to take good care of them. There are many small bones, ligaments and tendons that need to be protected. Hand wraps help keep everything from moving when landing punches.
They also protect the skin on impact zones during repeated strikes. Boxing is a complete workout that gets your cardio going so you're sure to work up a sweat. Hand wraps absorb perspiration to keep your boxing gloves in better condition for longer.
Everything you need to know to put them on correctly
The most important thing to remember when wrapping your hands is to get the tension right to prevent your joints from moving. If the wraps aren't tight enough, they won't stay in place. If they are too tight, and they'll be uncomfortable and can cut off your blood circulation. It is totally normal to not get them right the first time. Trust me. But keep trying! You'll end up getting just the right tension that works for you.
To understand the two wrapping techniques, watch both videos from this article. Watch them as many times as you need to until you get the technique right and find the right tension.
The number of times the wraps go around the hands in the videos is a recommendation, but it will depend on the size of your hand.
Keep the wraps as smooth as possible (without folding them) for greater comfort and hold.
Keep your fingers slightly separated when rolling the wraps around your hands so you can close your hands into tight fists when you've finished wrapping.
The first video shows a “standard” wrap technique and is perfect for our 2.5 m polyester wraps, which are more flexible than cotton. These wraps are meant for light use, such as when touch sparring. The most important thing to remember about this technique is to roll the wraps around the right areas, i.e., the wrists, knuckles and thumbs.
~The second video shows a “crossover” wrap technique, which is best for our 3.5 m cotton wraps, which are thicker and stiffer than the polyester wraps. This model offers much more support by keeping joints firmly in place when striking for more intense sparring. Bringing the wraps between each finger helps keep every joint and knuckle from moving.
How to take care of your wraps
Simply wash your wraps before using them the first time and then on a regular basis after use to keep them clean and soft. You can machine wash them at 30°C. Never tumble dry them. No need to iron.
Now you're (almost) ready
Hopefully you understand now why hand wraps are so important to keep you safe and having fun while boxing. The better you get, the more putting on your wraps will become a pre-training ritual to get you ready not only physically but mentally as well.
Now it's time to enjoy everything that boxing has to offer!
BOXING SPORT LEADER