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What You Need to Know about Kids' Boxing

Learn what you need to know about kids' boxing from boxing coach Joe Huston in this Howcast video.


Joe: Hello my name is Joe Gott Houston and I'm here at my friend's gym in Portland, Oregon to share some tricks, tactics and strategies to help you get the most out of your boxing career. I've got some good news for you parents who are thinking about enrolling your child into a boxing program. And it may seem counter intuitive, but boxing is one of the safest contact sports there is. That's due to several reasons. Paramount, in my opinion, is the boxing culture stretching back hundreds of years, that is always taking care of these youngsters. In addition to that, there are stringent rules that must be followed to protect your child's safety, which includes the mandatory use of impacting absorbing safety equipment, shorter rounds and matches that are set up, not only by age and size, but also ability. And in addition to this, there's scientific research out there that shows that boxing is actually quite safe. There's a 1996 report out there that compares boxing with inline skating, little league baseball, soccer, and found that actually boxing is the safest one of them all. The United States Olympic Committee and Johns Hopkins Medical school did research and found that there is no lasting neurological impairments coming from amateur boxing. And so, in addition to thinking about the risks, I think it's important for the parents to realize the benefits that comes from amateur boxing. Not only is you're child going to get off the couch and get moving, but he's also going to be hanging around with peers that, as a group, don't do drugs, they commit very few crimes, and they tend to not go out drinking. This is a very serious group of youngsters, they'll learn resiliency, the ability to get up when you're knocked down, to keep going when you want to quit. They also build life long friendships, they have a chance to go and visit and travel the world. And additionally they learn personal safety habits that will stay with them the rest of their lives.

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