Taking part in any physical sport can be a dangerous affair without the right type of protection, especially if you decide to take up amateur boxing. Ensuring that you have all of the correct headgear, mouth guards, hand wraps and other bits and pieces will help you to train longer and harder, whilst reducing the likelihood of injury. This simple guide will explain the importance of the three most important pieces of kit you'll be using, to help you better understand boxing so that you can enjoy it as one of the leading fitness and combat sports in the world.
Tendonitis is a condition which results in a tendon (the long, fibrous tissue that connects muscles to bones) becoming inflamed. This condition is often caused by repetitive forms of exercise, such as tennis and running. Some of the most common symptoms associated with tendonitis include swelling and pain around the affected tendon and a grating sensation when the tendon is moved. Most sufferers also find it very difficult to move the body part in which the tendon is located.
Eczema is a relatively common paediatric skin condition that is most likely to appear in the first couple of years of your child's life. Some babies develop the condition soon after birth, and eczema is a chronic condition that's thought to occur when the skin's natural barrier gets overly dry and doesn't function well. The exact cause of eczema is not fully understood, but children with a close relative who has food allergies, hay fever, asthma or eczema are at an increased risk of developing this condition.
There are all sorts of things that can go wrong with the way the jaw and teeth develop. Although, in many cases, these problems are spotted during childhood or adolescence so they can be corrected, this is not always the case.
One such problem that's more common than you might think is an incorrect bite. Some people can go through life with a bite that doesn't line up properly and not experience any serious symptoms, leaving them completely unaware.
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