Can boxing cause shoulder injuries?

Shoulder injuries are likely to occur during boxing. Due to the repetitive punching done during training in boxing, the shoulder ligaments, muscles and tendons can be damaged.

If pain or discomfort is ignored or simply “playing” despite a possible injury, it can lead to further degeneration of the damaged tissues. The shoulder injuries from the sport are categorized as those caused by instability or dislocation of one or more shoulder joints or due to impingement due to excessive rubbing of the shoulder muscle on the upper part of the shoulder blade.

What are the types?

Even though impingement is common among those involved in boxing, the usual types of shoulder injuries are brought about by instability or weakening of the rotator cuff muscles.

These muscles are responsible for keeping the upper arm bone in its socket as the arm is moved. During missed punches, the ball of the shoulder joint might move out partly from its socket which is called subluxation or completely which is called dislocation.

What are the signs?

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The individual might feel as if the joint is moving out of place and shoulder pain along with inflammation is present and even the range of motion is diminished.

If the rotator cuff is injured whether due to instability or impingement, ability to raise the hands and throwing or blocking a punch can be affected.

The individual might feel as if the joint is moving out of place and shoulder pain along with inflammation is present and even the range of motion is diminished.

Management of shoulder injuries

After sustaining an injury, the affected shoulder should be allowed to rest and immobilize the arm and place an ice pack.

Anti-inflammatory drugs are often given to lessen any swelling. A doctor should be consulted before resuming the sport to avoid any further damage to the shoulder joint.

Disclaimer / More Information

The information posted on this page on shoulder injuries from boxing is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn how these injuries are managed, register for first aid training at one of our training centers located throughout Canada. The training centers are in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Victoria, Surrey, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Red Deer, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

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