How To Properly Wrap Your Wrists For Boxing
January 19, 2021
January 19, 2021
Have you ever noticed that boxers and fighters have their wrists and hands wrapped up before a fight?
Have you ever wondered why?
In this article, not only will you learn the why, but more importantly the how to properly wrap your wrists and hands prior to participating in boxing and/or any other striking sport.
Properly wrapping for boxing, or any striking sport is extremely important for the health and longevity of your hands and wrists. The structure of the hand alone consists of 27 bones, not to mention numerous joints, ligaments, and tendons that can be easily injured from the impact of repetitive punches.
Wrapping thoroughly around the wrist joint, knuckles, and hand will keep everything compressed, therefore reducing the risk of injury. Not only that, but it will help you punch harder, as well!
As you train more and more, your punching power will increase along with the amount of force and impact, so it’s important to learn how to wrap before even attempting something like boxing.
Wrapping your wrists will reduce the risk of hyperextending and injuring your wrists, and adds an extra protective layer to the knuckles as well to help keep them protected.
Boxing gloves should fit snug and not wiggle around too much, so wrapping also helps limit the space inside for a tighter fit. The wrapping process can be daunting where it includes numerous steps, but it’s important to learn early on, and properly, so you don’t injure or limit yourself along the way.
Like anything, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Follow along with the step-by-step guide below, and you’ll be a wrist wrapping pro before you know it!
- Place the starting loop around your thumb, and begin wrapping around the back of your hand.
- Wrap completely around your wrist 3 times.
- Wrap around your palm and knuckles 3 times, leaving your thumb free.
- From the underside of your hand, wrap around your thumb, continuing between your pinky and ring finger towards the palm, and wrapping around the palm and knuckles as you did in the previous step.
- You should be back to the same position as you were at the beginning of this step.
- Once again, wrap around your thumb, but this time continue between your ring and middle fingers. Continue around the palm and knuckles, until you are back in the same position as the beginning of step 4.
- Repeat one more time. This time taking it around the thumb and continuing between your middle and index fingers.
- Once you’ve wrapped between each finger, wrap around the thumb and continue over the back of the hand.
- With your palm facing up, wrap around your thumb and down over your palm around to the backside of your hand, in the opposite direction of the way you’ve been wrapping.
- Repeating Step 3, wrap around your palm and knuckles 3 more times, excluding your thumb.
- Wrap any excess wrapping around your wrist, and fasten the velcro securing strap.
There you have it! Your wrists are wrapped, and you’re ready to strike!
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Mike grew up as a multi-sport athlete and received his Bachelors in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) and also received his Personal Training Certification from the American Council of Sports Medicine.
Mike has worked with a wide range of ages and abilities and is an expert at working around injuries and helping those individuals reach their health goals.
In his time in college, he also worked with D1 Athletes (specifically the UMASS Amherst Men and Women’s Basketball teams) helping them get stronger, faster, and more athletic.