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Amateur Boxing Information




Most people perceive amateur boxing as a dangerous sport, research shows differently.
Let's look at the answers to frequently asked questions about amateur boxing safety:

Is amateur boxing safer than pro boxing?
Amateur boxing is safer than pro boxing. Amateur boxing goes to great lengths to protect its athletes. Amateur boxers must wear a mouthpiece at all times, force-absorbent headgear, and a shirt to absorb sweat and dirt. Women boxers are also required to wear breast protectors. Amateur boxing gloves are designed to absorb not transmit shock. Finally, amateur boxing referees exercise more control by using eight counts and evaluating the boxers throughout the competitive bout. In addition to these things, both pre-and post-bout physicals are required of all amateur boxers.

How does amateur boxing safety rank with other contact sports?
Amateur boxing ranks as the safest sport among contact sports such as football and wrestling and among other events such as equestrian events and motorcyle racing.

Doesn't boxing rank as the sport with the most injuries?
No, according to the National Safety Council's 1996 accident report, amateur boxing ranked 23rd on its list of injuries. Boxing ranks lower in number of injuries when compared to hockey, soccer, gymnastics, and in-line skating.

What is USA Boxing doing to protect amateur boxers?
In April 1986, after concerns were raised by the America Medical Association and other medical societies, the United States Olympic Committee, at the request of USA Boxing, approved and funded a proposal by the John Hopkins Medical Institutes to initiate a prospective study of active amateur boxers. The study compared USA boxers with little or no experience boxing and compared them to active amateur boxers found no evidence of brain disfunction or central nervous system defect. The term brain dysfunction refers to the "punch drunk" syndrome which indicates an impairment of motor skills, loss of coordination and memory, and slurred speech.

How does boxing compare to other sports in amount of fatality rates?

Fatality rates per 100,000 participants

Hang gliding.............55
Scuba diving............11
Motorcycle racing......7
College football..........3

Cited in Cantu, Boxing and Medicine, Human Kinetics Illinois, 1995

Amateur Boxer Insurance coverage



            (a) Medical insurance. Any boxer entering any sanctioned boxing competition must carry a twenty-five thousand dollar ($25,000) maximum medical insurance coverage. This insurance coverage is a condition for participation and is automatically provided for upon registration. The insurance premium is included as part of the USA Boxing registration fee.


(b) For sanctioned events and supervised practices for local, club, LBC, regional, national and international boxing competitions, insurance coverage for medical, surgical, hospital, and dental care up to a total of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), with a $100 deductible, is provided by USA Boxing. Claims will be paid to the proper institutions only after all other insurance programs have been exhausted. In the event of accidental death, ten thousand dollars ($10,000) will be paid to the estate of said deceased.


                         (c) All medical, surgical, hospital, and dental claims for injuries occurring during 

                       LBC, regional, national or international competitions shall be submitted directly to

                       the host LBC of said competition. It is the sole responsibility of the host LBC to

                       process all claims until the above coverage has been completely exhausted.

















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