How to choose a protective helmet for boxing?
Feeling comfortable in a helmet is essential. If it bothers, it is defeat assured during the fight I will give you some advice to choose well.
I have tried a lot of protective helmets, from the cheapest to the most expensive… No need to spend € 100, but I advise you not to look only at the price at the risk of having an unpleasant helmet to wear.
Here is the model that I recommend to my students, from the Venum brand :
How to choose a boxing helmet
Wearing a boxing helmet is sometimes inconvenient, it can represent a gene during a fight, so it is better to choose a well thought out model. A good helmet can last you up to ten years, so it may be interesting to put a certain price in your helmet so that it can last a long time, rather than wanting to buy cheap and end up with a good helmet market that will have to be renewed every year.
Here are some things to watch when choosing:
- Have a good ratio between comfort and utility: the helmet must be pleasant to wear but it must also be allowing the boxer to keep all his performances during a fight.
- Have a suitable lining: it is the lining that will determine the comfort of the helmet. But you have to be careful with those that are too smooth because the helmet can then slide more easily. I’m not telling you how embarrassed it can be during a fight. Many prefer stuffed linings, and I understand them. It’s comfortable and it’s not slipping. But beware because over time, this kind of lining becomes really difficult to clean.
- Having a well-adjusted chin strap: many blows to the jaw often lead to knockout. I think it is no longer necessary to talk about the importance of the chin strap during a fight. But beware of overly broad chinings or those that are too tight to the point of feeling strangled.
- Have good visibility: when we talk about boxing helmets, they are not blinders, so make sure you choose a helmet that does not act as such. I advise you to choose a helmet with the widest possible panoramic vision.
- Having quality padding: a good boxing helmet is a helmet with padding that does not lose its density over the years. In addition, you should know that good padding should tend to take shape in your face after a few months.
Comparative: which boxing helmet to buy ?
Here are 3 interesting boxing helmets which are in my opinion very good price quality reports:
The kind of helmet that gives fear before the fight… I laugh of course, but this Venum helmet is a great success in every way. I recommend it
If you need full protection and have a small budget, this RDX helmet will be fine. It is the cheapest helmet, making it one of the best sales
Tips for maintaining your boxing helmet well
As I said above, a quality boxing helmet can last up to ten years. But to make it last so long, you must of course make sure to maintain it well.
The first enemy of a boxing helmet is humidity, especially when it comes to sweat (idem for your boxing gloves). So the first thing to do after training is not to leave your helmet lying around in your bag for hours. A tip that I apply and that seems to work well: it is better to clean your helmet with soap and water with mild pH. It’s more effective in removing sweat and it also helps prevent your helmet from becoming a nest of bacteria.
When it is very clean, it will then have to be dried with a cloth. But no question of leaving the helmet lying around anywhere. It must be placed in a place that is dry and as well ventilated. But beware, when I say dry, it doesn’t mean hot. On the contrary, make sure that the helmet is not placed in a place at high temperature. Otherwise, it may dry up and become uncomfortable
Is the protective helmet really useful ?
When you do boxing, you finally spend most of the time shadowing, hitting pao, etc. Sparring moments are generally not the most important. But as soon as you start to hit your shots a little more, or to train for competition, the helmet can become very useful, even mandatory…
A protective helmet is not useful in certain situations; I mean by that when you train with a punching bag it will be useless. As the latter is not going to punch or kick us, there is no point in protecting your head, and therefore no need for protective helmets.
But from the moment you want to measure yourself against someone, wearing a helmet may be wise depending on your level and the intensity you have decided to put in the fight. While wearing tooth protection is compulsory, wearing a helmet is not (at least in sparring).
By dint of being beaten on the head, we will necessarily develop sequelae sooner or later. Even Mohammed Ali, who seemed so well dodging the blows, apparently developed Parkinson’s disease very early because of the blows he received in the head.
When you get a violent blow to the head, it is possible that the brain “slips”, so to speak. So some cervical tissue can be damaged or blood vessels supplying the brain can burst. Depending on the severity of the shocks, a boxer may develop, in the short term, sleep disturbances or headaches. Over time, it may also develop far more serious symptoms such as motor and memory impairment.
So I think the most skeptical will be convinced of the importance of wearing a helmet. And yes, wearing a helmet during a confrontation will minimize the impact of the blows. It is therefore a way to avoid developing more or less serious physical symptoms.