Safety in Boxing
The IABA is proud of the sports safety record and amateur boxing ranks as the safest amongst all contact sports including rugby and football.
The IABA goes to great lengths to protect all of its athletes. At all times, Boxers must wear a as well as protective hand bandages, ‘cup’ protectors, force absorbent head gear and a T-shirt to absorb sweat. Female boxers are also required to wear breast protectors.
All Boxing gloves permitted are designed and tested to absorb, and not transmit, shock under recognised safety guidelines from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Safety Commission.
Boxing referees strive to minimise risk of injury by using 8 counts and evaluating the boxers throughout a bout and can dispense counts at any time (unlike in professional boxing).
Pre and post bout medicals are required for all boxers each and every time they compete in any competition to ensure the highest standards of safety for our athletes at all times.