Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…read more
Fitness Australia highlights Boxing, kickboxing and MMA safety guidelines
With the rise in popularity of boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts activities (MMA) fitness industry peak body Fitness Australia has been advising members and industry operators of key safety guidelines.
Released on the Fitness Australia website, a statement explains “wwhether offered as a stand-alone class or as a drill within a session, boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts activities are a great way to add variety to your programming.
“However, if you are considering incorporating this style of training into your suite of services, you’ll need to get the right training yourself and its important you’re aware of the safety guidelines.”
“First and foremost, Registered Exercise Professionals must have completed an approved continuing education program in boxing, kickboxing or MMA before instructing clients.
“It’s important to note that boxing, kickboxing and MMA activities are run as non-combative sessions, do not involve body contact and are conducted with correct technique. The environment in which you conduct activities must also be appropriate, with enough space to accommodate participants and any equipment.”
The Fitness Australia guidance recommends:
The most effective way to teach technique and ensure the safety of participants is to describe drills or exercises in a four-step sequence.
2. Participant practice
3. Re-checking prior to commencing drill
To further protect participants it’s imperative that the correct equipment is used.
• Kickboxing drills should be performed with progression on Kickshields, Muaythai Pads or Hanging Bags.
• Focus pads should be used for punching (never kicking).
• One to one boxing sessions require appropriate wrist support.
• Group boxing sessions can include the use of bags, shields and floor to ceiling balls.
• When conducting partner activities, each participant should be paired with someone of a similar height.
When observing activities there are key components trainers must adhere to.
Bags: Correct holding of the bag and bracing for the technique.
Stance: Correct width and weight distribution for the technique being taught.
Connection: Correct contact with the bag or focus mitts.
Impact: A safe level of impact given and received while using equipment.
Technique: Biomechanics of each skill are taught/corrected.
Position: The instructor and equipment are in a safe position for the skill taught.
Movement: Body and equipment are correctly positioned for moving combinations.
Click here to view the full Boxing, kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts Safety Guidelines.
Main image courtesy of UFC GYM Sydney.
19th December 2014 - FITNESS FIRST LOOKS TO INSPIRATIONS FOR GYM GOERS IN 2015
29th July 2014 - BOXING GYM TRANSFORMS INTO WORLD CLASS FITNESS HUB
3rd April 2013 - FIGHTING FIT AT THE AUSTRALIAN FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO
11th March 2013 - FIRST INTERNATIONAL UFC GYM TO OPEN IN SYDNEY
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…read more
INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…read more
Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…read more
Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…read more
Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…read more
As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd. Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing. 19th July 2018 - ENTA…read more
Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!