SC Golden Gloves
Boxing Safety Certification Course

Welcome to Session 1!

This course is designed to provide SC amateur boxing coaches with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for better managing boxers’ safety. The course consists of six sessions.

  • Session 1: Multiple Perspectives on Amateur Boxing
  • Sessions 2 & 3: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Concussion, and Amateur Boxing
  • Sessions 4 & 5: Nutrition, Hydration, and Rapid Weight Loss / Gain
  • Sessions 6: Emergency First Response (CPR / AED / Basic First Aid)
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This course is designed to provide SC amateur boxing coaches with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for better managing boxers’ safety. The course consists of six sessions.

  • Session 1: Multiple Perspectives on Amateur Boxing
  • Sessions 2 & 3: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Concussion, and Amateur Boxing
  • Sessions 4 & 5: Nutrition, Hydration, and Rapid Weight Loss / Gain
  • Sessions 6: Emergency First Response (CPR / AED / Basic First Aid)
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Session 1 Checklist

  1. Take the pretest (~30 minutes)
  2. Select and watch 2-3 videos about the benefits of boxing (~10 minutes)
  3. Read the World Medical Association position statement (~5 minutes)
  4. Reflect: Which position is stronger? Why? (~5 minutes)
Session 1 will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Pretest

The first task in this professional learning program is to complete the pretest. The purpose of the pretest is to determine some of the knowledge you may already have regarding boxing-specific safety topics. The pretest includes true / false, multiple choice, and survey questions. In order to receive credit for completing the pretest, please make sure to type your name in the box provided at the beginning (“Please type your name”). You will need to complete both the pretest (complete during Session 1) and posttest (complete during Session 6) to earn the education program certificate.

Directions: Click the link and take the pretest. The link will open a new tab in your Internet browser. Once you have completed the pretest, you are ready to move on to the next segment (Videos: The Many Benefits of Boxing). Note: Your score on the pretest will not impact your ability to earn the program certificate.

Videos: The Many Benefits of Boxing

Directions: Select 2 or 3 videos to watch in this section. The videos are news programs discussing the benefits of amateur boxing.

WCPO 9. (2016, June 10). Cincinnati boxing program gets area kids fighting in the ring, instead of on the streets [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JqQ_2JuEMA

WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7. (2015, August 19). Youth boxing program expands in Detroit [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qez_c2pk5LM

WLKY News Louisville. (2016, June 3). Louisville boxing gym works to keep kids focused and off the streets [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw4HcdI-2wo

FOX 2 St. Louis. (2019, January 23). South city boxing program is a ‘knockout’ with inner city youth to stay focused and out of trouble [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6-wyRrLAxM

Great Big Story. (2019, April 5). How boxing is giving Chicago’s youth a fighting chance [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sejyp6RiLo

News 5 Cleveland. (2019, February 22). Cleveland program fighting to keep youth off the streets with boxing, basketball [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L33R561oWSQ

10 Tampa Bay. (2018, December 12). Boxing program aims to keep kids off the streets [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2JhGjtLkLs

ABC 7 Chicago. (2018, August 20). Boxing Out Negativity program encourages kids to put down guns, pick up gloves [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQbBYmacK6k

ClarkCountyNV. (2019, November 27). City Boxing Club helps underprivileged Las Vegas youth [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQy2fpJa0mc

NorfolkTV. (2016, November 4). Boxing is big in Norfolk, VA [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnDB6DpC7Pg

Los Angeles Times. (2009, May 7). Santa Monica youth boxing program teaches discipline [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnrLIuEbEGQ

Kim Pestalozzi. (2015, February 27). Atlas Cops and Kids boxing program gives kids fighting chance [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWA3DaKwZxc

Reading: World Medical Association Position Statement on Boxing

Directions: Read the 1 page position statement from the World Medical Association. To access the position statement, click the link below.

World Medical Association (2020, July 13). WMA Statement on Boxing. https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-statement-on-boxing/

“Boxing is a dangerous sport. Unlike other sports, its basic intent is to produce bodily harm by specifically targeting the head. The main medical argument against boxing is the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), also known as chronic traumatic brain injury (CTBI), and dementia pugilistica or “punch-drunk” syndrome. Other injuries caused by boxing can lead to loss of sight, loss of hearing, and fractures. Studies show that boxing is associated with devastating short-term injuries and chronic neurological damage on the participants in the long term. … The WMA believes that boxing is qualitatively different from other sports because of the injuries it causes and that it should be banned."

World Medical Association (2020, July 13), para 1

"No children should be permitted to participate in boxing."

World Medical Association (2020, July 13, 7.2)

Reflect

 Directions: Reflection is active, purposeful, critical thinking about your knowledge and experiences. You can think of reflection as exercise for your mind. Reflect on these questions on your own right now. In Session 3, you will be asked to provide short verbal responses to these questions.
 
Benefits of Boxing
  • What do you believe are the benefits of boxing? 
  • Are there any additional benefits that were not described in the videos you watched?
Benefits of Boxing Versus Injury Risks

There are many benefits of boxing described by coaches, athletes, and parents. The World Medical Association, however, has recommended banning boxing because of the injuries it causes. Polarities are interdependent opposites which function best when both are present to balance each other from extremes. The “medical perspective” and the “boxing perspective” appear to be polar opposites and in conflict with one-another. However, we want to encourage you to consider moving away from either/or thinking (i.e., EITHER the medical perspective is right OR the boxing perspective is right) to both/and thinking (i.e., BOTH the medical perspective AND boxing perspective are right in different ways) for this reflection task.

  • What are the pros and cons of strictly following the medical perspective (as presented in the World Medical Association reading)?
  • What are the pros and cons of strictly following boxing perspectives (as presented in the videos)? 
  • Is there a way to get the pros of each perspective while avoiding the cons of each perspective? Stated differently, do you believe there is a way for athletes to receive the many benefits of boxing AND minimize short- and long-term health risks?
  • Boxing is a contact sport. Do you think there are ways to reduce the number of injuries in the sport?

Note: Reflect on these positions on your own right now. In Session 3, you will be asked to discuss these questions with other coaches.

 

Session 1 Completion Checklist

  1. Did you complete the pretest?
  2. Did you select and watch 2-3 videos about the benefits of boxing?
  3. Did you read the World Medical Association position statement on boxing?
  4. Did you complete the reflection exercise?

Conclusion

Boxing requires balance, leverage, and coordination. We want you to begin thinking about how to balance, leverage, and coordinate different perspectives on amateur boxing to benefit your boxers.

This concludes Session 1. Please continue to Session 2 next week.