Hand and Wrist Injuries in Boxing and the Martial Arts

Hand Clin. 2017 Feb;33(1):97-106. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2016.08.004.


Hand and wrist injuries in martial arts are typically a reflection of the combat nature of this discipline. In striking sports, the axial load mechanism of injury is common and causes fractures and dislocations; in grappling sports, sprain injuries and degenerative changes predominate. There is clear evidence to support that hand protection reduces the risk of hand injury. Traditional training in martial arts on proper technique and target selection in striking sports reduces the risk of hand injury, and is an important component of hand and wrist injury prevention.

Keywords: Boxing; Hand; Injury; Judo; Karate; Prevention; Taekwondo.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Boxing / injuries*
  • Hand Injuries / etiology*
  • Hand Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Martial Arts / injuries*
  • Wrist Injuries / etiology*
  • Wrist Injuries / prevention & control*