KARATE AND BOXING GLOVE IMPACT CHARACTERISTICS AS FUNCTIONS OF VELOCITY AND REPEATED IMPACT

  • Paul K. Smith
  • Joseph Hamill

Abstract

The use of safety equipment in boxing dates back to the Late 1800's and karate to the 1930's when efforts were made to offer safety to contestants, allow freedom of movement and allow participants to adher, to training and philosophical principles (Hasse LL, 1982). Rules and procedures designed to avoid injuries and keep excitement in the activities have been established by various karate associations, boxing commissions and sanctioning organiztions. This concern for participant safety has resulted in the general use of foam karate gloves in non-contact and limited contact karate matches (Young, 1974) and the use of "professional quality" gloves in contact karate. "Professional quaLity", however is not defined. In boxing the type and weight of gloves used depends on the sanctioning organization and event (Dessureault and Therricn, 1981).
Published
2008-04-13
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities