Before You Buy: How to Choose the Best Boxing Head Guard

Posted by Jacob Edwards-Bytom on 3rd Mar 2020

It’s important to have all the information you need before selecting a boxing head guard or a kickboxing head guard. Boxing head guards protect your head from injuries like cuts, scrapes, and swelling during boxing. Many boxers choose them to help soften the blow during sparring and matches. Your head guard is as equally as important as choosing your other boxing gear like boxing gloves and mouth guards. In this guide, we will discuss why you should choose a boxing head guard, how to choose a boxing head guard, how to care for your boxing head guard, and other useful information to help you get the most out of your boxing experience.

Why Do Boxers Wear Head Guards?

Why should you choose a boxing head guard? If you enjoy boxing, then boxing safely is probably your highest priority. It’s reported that over 90% of boxers will get a concussion. Even amateur boxers get concussions, and youth are more at risk for concussions. With repeated concussions, some boxers can develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), also known as boxer’s brain. It’s a serious complication of repeated concussions that can lead to symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and dementia. While boxing head guards don’t protect you from concussions or brain injuries, many boxers do protect themselves to choose to wear them to protect themselves from facial bruises and lacerations. Many beginners will choose to wear a head guard to protect themselves as they learn the nuances of boxing. Seasoned boxers will wear a head guard to help them focus on the sport, and not be distracted by potential head injuries.

Professional Boxing Headgear vs. Amateur Boxing Headgear

Professional boxers don’t always wear head guards. In fact, the Olympics don’t require head guards for male boxers. Head guards can help protect boxers from lacerations, broken noses, and general facial trauma. However, some experts believe that head guards provide a false sense of security since they don’t protect the boxer from concussions.

How to Choose Boxing Headgear

To get started, be sure to check out our sizing charts to find the right size boxing head guard that is for you. With a variety of head guards from brands you know like Bytomic head guards, Century Martial Arts head guards, Cleto Reyes head guards, Ringhorns head guards, Ringside Boxing head guards, Top Ten head guards, Twins Special head guards, and Venum head guards, there are a variety of brands to choose from to complement your boxing gloves and other boxing gear.

Head Guard Size Chart

While each head guard may have its own sizing chart, in general your size will fall into the following categories:

  • Small 19.5-20.5 Inches / 49.5-52.0 CM Circumference
  • Medium 21-22 Inches / 53.3-56 CM Circumference
  • Large 22.5-23 Inches / 57-58.5 CM Circumference
  • X-Large 23.5-24 Inches / 59.7-61 CM Circumference

Each head guard has its own unique qualities like the color and types of materials. Made4Fighters carries boxing head guards made in bayflex head guards, cotton head guards, dipped foam head guards, leather head guards, nylon head guards, and synthetic leather head guards. Additionally, you can choose a boxing head guard that protects your cheeks, head, and nose or one that leaves your face open for optimal visibility. There are many options depending on your fighting style and sports type. If you are involved with other sports such as Karate, Taekwondo, or MMA, you can choose head guards that protect high impact areas like the ears. This can potentially help you avoid complications like cauliflower ear.

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Are Kickboxing Head Guards Different Than Boxing Head Guards?

Headgear can usually be used across a variety of combat sports and martial arts. Kickboxing head guards are essentially the same as boxing head guards. It’s up to you which head guard you want to use. Consider what type of protection you’re looking for. For example, if your main concern is a broken nose, then consider a head guard with a nose bar or full face boxing head guard. If you’re a beginner, ask around at your gym or studio for recommendations on the type of headgear you should buy.

How Much Do Boxing Head Guards Cost?

With a variety of price points, there is a boxing head guard that fits your style and your budget. Boxing headgear usually ranges from around £35 to over £100. If you’re new to boxing, you may want to consider a foam boxing head guard which is available at a lower price point. For more serious athletes or those who will be boxing frequently, there are boxing helmets with multi-layer and multi-density construction to cushion blows and provide ultimate comfort and protection.

How To Clean Boxing Head Guards

Once you’ve selected your head guard, keep in mind that it will need care and attention. It is bound to attract sweat, dirt, and anything from the ring (such as dust, blood, or saliva). To keep your hair, skin, and ears as healthy as possible, we recommend that you should clean your head guard frequently. Depending on the type of material that your head guard is made from, you may be able to spot clean your head guard using a rag and warm water. However, for a thorough clean, use an antiseptic cleaner to ensure that your head guard does not contribute to rashes, acne, or scalp irritation from a dirty surface. Be sure to pay attention to any special instructions that come with your head guard. For boxing gear that may be a bit smelly, be sure to clean the equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, consider using a deodorizer that can absorb odors from all of your gear.

Should I Replace My Head Guard?

Over time, you may notice that your head guard has outlived its useful protective abilities. Fabric might start to rip or plastic might start to degrade. On average, athletes will opt to replace their head guard every 5-10 years. For younger people, the replacement rate is higher as their head size increases frequently. You may find that you need to buy a different size of head guard if you have gained or lost a lot of weight in your face. Generally, how often you replace your head guard depends on how much use the guard is getting and also how much damage the head guard has taken.

Choosing a head guard is an important step in making sure your boxing experience is enjoyable and as safe as possible. We offer a large amount of other boxing gear to help you compete in the ring.

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