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November 19, 2018
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October 12, 2018
October 12, 2018
Anthony Joshua

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DUE to extensive training loads and impact forces that occur in boxing – the shoulders can become a very problematic area for boxers and combat athletes….

FACT: 66% of Boxers we have assessed show tight/immobile shoulders.

This means that the majority of boxers are at a high risk of a shoulder injury. It’s important that we improve the mobility, stability and strength of the shoulders….

In this week’s episode of ‘Boxing Science TV'; physiotherapist and certified strength & conditioning specialist Rob Madden shares his Top 5 Shoulder Mobility Exercises for Boxing

Rob has worked with a range of athletes and at the very top level of boxing – working with the likes of Anthony Joshua, James DeGale and many more.

In this episode you will learn…
• Five shoulder exercises to help improve shoulder strength, stability and mobility
• The key coaching cues when performing these exercises
• When to integrate them into your S&C plan

October 12, 2018
October 12, 2018
tapering

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“THE hard work is done” is often a phrase used in boxing as a fighter gets closer to stepping through the ropes – however, gains from a training camp can unravel through a mismanaged taper…

So…. what is a taper?

The taper is a reduction in the training load of athletes in the final days and weeks before a fight, with the aim of optimising performance. An old school training method would be to train hard, have one last hard spar one week before and then rest up when making weight.

This can leave a boxer having itchy knuckles as they anticipate getting in the ring. The Boxing Science tapering strategies can help a boxer get through fight week to be physically and psychologically firing for fight night.

Science Behind the Taper

The difficulty for athletes, coaches, and sports scientists consists in finding the strategy that will find the optimal balance between enough training, and enough rest. This is called the fitness-fatigue model.

The aim is to maximise the decrease in accumulated fatigue, whilst retaining or further enhancing physical fitness.

This leads to peak performance.To achieve this balance is really important. Performance can be affected if the taper is too short and the training load is too high, likewise for tapers that are too long and low training loads.

This reduction of the training load can be achieved through the alteration of several components, including the training volume, intensity, and frequency. Also, training load can be manipulated with the pattern of training loads and the taper duration.

The most common and effective way to maintain fitness is keeping the intensity high and the training load reduces. This taper can be 7-10 days, however a longer / more effective training camp can look to start their taper 14 days from competition.

Boxing Science Tapering Phase

Strength

Our taper starts with reducing the load on the key strength exercises. We use 60-75% loads on squat, deadlift and pressing exercises from 14 days out. We then progress to lighter-load general and punch specific exercises, this can start 7-10 days out from fight night.

The load drops even more on fight week, using mostly bodyweight, light-loaded and exercises. We shift the emphasis from generic to sport specific exercises – we love to use banded shadow box to get the hips and core firing in boxing actions.

Conditioning

Due to being more demanding on the body, the conditioning taper is slightly longer as training load is gradually reduced with three weeks to go. Training intensity is kept high whilst the load is reduced. This can be achieved in a few ways and is dependent on the conditioning methods used in the current camp.

Want to find out more?

Then check out the latest episode of Boxing Science TV… Where Danny Wilson and Dr Alan Ruddock explain the science, the benefits and effective training methods to use when tapering down for competition:

August 29, 2018
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July 12, 2018
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