The finest medical minds and surgeons helping and advising the World Boxing Council with their extensive expertise, were on hand to discuss the finer points of health, nutrition, knuckles and brains in the context of Boxing, for the benefit and long term well being of the fighters.
Our impressive panel of experts:
Dr. Philip Goglia/ WBC Nutrition Committee
Dr. Paul Wallace/ WBC Medical Committee
Gunnar Peterson/ Elite Stregth and Conditioning Coach
Dr. Omri Ayalon/ Orthopedic and Hand Surgeon
Dr. Nitin Sethi/ Neurologist
Jessie Vargas/ Boxer
Jill Diamond/ WBC
Philip explained that it`s essential to know and understand, just how athletes feel even before the starting point. Nutritional balance combined with training are the step by step keys to optimum performance. He argues that the lion`s share should be pride in the nutritional side, warning: “Skipping meals is as bad a wolfing down a pizza.”
Mauricio pointed out that Boxing still stubbornly sticks to the old school principles, and so many fighters are going through fight week with glasses of water, rather than the proper diet. Many trainers still don`t know how to manage and handle proper nutrition. Philip stressed the advantages of boxers making the weight early, by finding a balance and feeding into the weight, by feeding up to the event itself. and post bout it`s highly inadvisable to balloon up twenty five pounds in weight. Much better to tray to maintain your weight within fifteen pounds.
Concerning strength and conditioning, Gunnar advises: “It`s more to do with progressing and how you put the equipment together. It`s how you work the body. It doesn`t have to be old school to be effective. History is more important than age. I`m a fan of a little movement every day. Let`s work all three planes of motion. Personalize training involving strength, fitness and condition. Peak on time, NOT too early and I would revise to change the schedule at any moment.” Philip agrees: “There is a big difference between chronological age and historical age. Basically if you don`t use it, then you lose it. Consistency and sustainability.”
Some handy tips from Omri about the hand, which he describes as an interesting tool for fine motion, building dexterity and generating force. Alignment is very important, as a punch is delivered with an area of just two inches between the knuckles of foreigner and middle finger. Accumulating injuries can snowball. If not promptly dealt with frequent fractures, left untreated can lead to disaster. This mostly confounds the myth of so called brittle hands. Omri`s job is to keep things nicely lined up. Mauricio mentioned the WBC`s extensive work on boxing gloves protocol, to which Omri replied: “People want parity. Some gloves can change technique and alignment. These factors are the most important. Tape acts as a casing to stiffen up the construct. Hands need to dish out, but also absorb.
Jessie explained that properly bandaged hands are essential for the feel good factor, so if the wraps are tight it feels sturdy. He said too much padding can obviously decrease the power of the punch. And in training he`s been getting himself used to less padding, resulting in his hands and knuckles feeling appreciably stronger.
Turning to the neurological aspect of boxing Nitin explained that concussions which is the way the boxer seeks to defeat his/her opponent, take many forms and much work remains to be done on this “Gray” area. A concussion takes many forms, often starting with what`s seen as a stagger which is a mild concussion. Recovery time, rest and testing before return is vital. Assessment of the brain and its function at the five year point of boxing and then at ten years, is where of lot of work remains to be done. Because a ten year career in boxing is the advisable span. Nitin also said: “Memory and attention span are so important. You need to challenge your brain health. Reading, learning a new language, your cognitive attention. The brain is our most precious organ. Chronic brain injuries tend to turn up when the career is over. No amount of boxing is good for the brain.” He says for him there is no winner or loser, and that he carefully advises a boxer when he can no longer guarantee their safety any more.
Paul who`s an experienced ring physician commented: “We can only respond to what we see in the ring. There are areas for guidance. Each boxer knows when they`ve been concussed and have to take responsibility. You have to invest in yourself like a savings account.”
Sulem explained the effects of a concussion she suffered aged seventeen, when a much larger opponent hit her after the bell and her hands were down. leaving the heat of the gym, her legs felt like jelly, she went to sleep, but could still hear people around her. Her coach immediately took her to the hospital and following treatment, she rested at home and spent some time away from boxing in order to fully heal.
Mauricio said that the WBC is formulating a protocol in gyms to know and accurately gauge how many rounds are sparred before a fight. It can be as many as one hundred and seventy five or on the other end of the scale, forty five. Also and crucially to report injuries, especially if a boxer is knocked out in the gym. It must be mandatory for coaches and the gym to report this to their local Commission.
Everyone was curious why Jessie was clutching a wad of papers, rather tightly. He explained he`d been taking copious notes throughout the discussions and chat, stating: “Every fighter should have this information. I honestly thank you!”
During the snippets of advice at the end, Talks Moderator Victor Silva significantly advised: “Continuing or performing when you`re hurt, doesn`t make you a hero.”
This is a snapshot of an absolutely fascinating session. Here is the link to the full version:
𝗪𝗕𝗖 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞𝗦 𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗 51 "BUILDING CHAMPIONS”𝗝𝗢𝗜𝗡 𝗨𝗦: https://forms.gle/gcrvufHxhzAtD6K86Thursday June 04🥊Spanish Version 11:00 am CDMX / 18:00 Madrid🥊English Version 05:00 pm CDMX / 02:00 MadridWith:Mauricio SulaimánDr. Philip GogliaDr. Paul WallaceGunnar PetersonDr. Omri AYalonDr. Nitin SethiSulem UrbinaJessie VargasWorld Boxing CouncilUniversidad LiberQuaré#WBCStayHomeStaySafe
Posted by WBCUniversity on Thursday, 4 June 2020