TABLE 2

Boxing-Related Injuries,a Ages 5 to 59 Years: Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program, 1990–200717

Body Part/Nature of InjurySparring/Competition, n (%)Conditioning, n (%)
Upper extremity87 (47.0)80 (94.1)
    Fracture, dislocation32 (17.3)33 (38.8)
    Bruise, abrasion, laceration25 (13.5)20 (23.5)
    Soft tissue14 (7.6)9 (10.6)
    Sprain/strain12 (6.5)18 (21.2)
    Other (bite, nerve injury)4 (2.2)0 (0.0)
Head, face, neck62 (33.5)0 (0.0)
    Facial fractures17 (9.2)
    Closed head injuries17 (9.2)b
    Facial bruise, abrasion; soft tissue12 (6.5)
    Facial, scalp laceration7 (3.8)
    Eye injury5 (2.7)
    Neck sprain/strain3 (1.6)
    Neck soft tissue1 (<1.0)
Trunk19 (10.2)0 (0.0)
    Bruise, abrasion, soft tissue13 (7.0)
    Rib fracture3 (1.6)
    Sprain/strain2 (1.1)
    Internal abdominal1 (<1.0)
Lower extremity15 (8.1)4 (4.7)
    Sprain/strain/dislocation6 (3.2)1 (1.2)
    Fracture/dislocation3 (1.6)0 (0.0)
    Other (bruise, abrasion, soft tissue, nerve injury)6 (3.2)3 (3.5)
Other and unknown2 (1.1)1 (1.2)
Total185 (100.0)85 (100.0)
  • a In 3 cases, the training type was unknown: 2 upper-extremity fractures and 1 lower-extremity soft tissue injury.

  • b n = 10 minor closed head injuries, 6 concussions, and 1 intracranial injury.