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Fitness Australia highlights Boxing, kickboxing and MMA safety guidelines

Fitness Australia highlights Boxing, kickboxing and MMA safety guidelines
February 3, 2015

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:

Technique
The most effective way to teach technique and ensure the safety of participants is to describe drills or exercises in a four-step sequence.

Initial description
1. Demonstration
2. Participant practice
3. Re-checking prior to commencing drill
4. Equipment

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.

Programming
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.

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