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Child Injury Spotlight- Youth Boxing

Author Susan Harr

Boxing has become an increasingly popular sport option for youth in recent years. In 2008, more than 18,000 youths ages 19 and younger were registered as amateur boxers. While the sport may encourage exercise, coordination, self-defense and self esteem, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) maintains that the risk of injury far outweighs any benefits. The AAP is particularly concerned with injuries caused by blows to the head, which comprise an estimated 70% of all boxing injuries.

“Because the sport encourages deliberate blows to the head, participants are at risk of head injuries that may be cumulative and even fatal,” American Academy of Pediatrics.

Common Boxing Injuries

  • Lacerations to the face
  • Hearing/sight loss
  • Hand fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Concussions
  • Fatal neurologic injuries

Recent Study on Youth Boxing Injuries

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital conducted a study on youth boxing injuries and were surprised to find that when it came to head injuries, youth boxers were prone to just as many concussions/closed head injuries (CHIs) as adult boxers. They had incorrectly assumed that the number would be lower for younger people since they “generate a lower punch force” than adult boxers.

“The fact that young boxers are experiencing a similar proportion of concussions and CHI’s as older boxers is extremely concerning given the potential risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) with repetitive brain trauma.”

Youth Boxing Injury Facts

Information below is from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital study on youth boxing injuries. 

  • Each year from 1990-2008, an average of 8,700 people 6 years and older sustained injuries while boxing.
  • 2,500 of these injuries were to children/adolescents ages 6-17 years old.
  • The number of boxing injuries increased 211% during the 19-year study (from 5,361 injuries in 1990 to nearly 17,000 injuries in 2008.)
  • The hand was the most frequently injured body region (33%) followed by the head and neck (23%).
  • 54% of injuries occurred at a sports or recreation center.
Contact An Experienced Child Injury Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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