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Is Boxing Training COVID-19 Safe?

UWCB have carried out a rigorous assessment with our clinical director; Andy Thomas (Cipher medical LTD) to make our training as safe as is practically possible.

We are aiming for training to commence from May 17th when Boris Johnson has stated that ‘Indoor adult sports’ will be allowed.

We will be taking the following steps to ensure training is as safe as possible:

Participants will be made aware of 3 main symptoms of COVID-19 via email and told to isolate and seek testing if they have them:

  • Regular temperature checks.
  • No loss of taste.
  • No persistent cough.

Before training starts

  • Gyms formal capacity figures will be calculated, and we will run at 50% of them.
  • Gyms will be as well ventilated as possible by opening windows and doors where possible.
  • Gyms to display relevant services pointing participants to mental health guidance if they require it.
  • Gyms will be regularly cleaned. particularly focusing on touchpoints.
  • Gyms to put up signage to restrict numbers in the toilet area, with numbers based on m2 calculation of 1 person per 4m2.
  • Handwashing soap to be provided by the gym at all sinks.
  • Groups will be separated into bubbles of 6 based on weight.

Before training, outside the gym

  • Masks to be worn until inside the gym to avoid large group meeting without masks.
  • If a participant has an exemption from wearing a mask it is THEIR RESPONSIBILITY to inform coaches or make it obvious with a lanyard.
  • Participants asked to stay in bubbles outside.

Entering the gym & training

  • Groups to enter the gym within their bubbles and maintain 1m social distancing from other bubbles whilst entering premises.
  • All participants to be temperature checked before entry to the gym.
  • All participants to be asked to arrive at training in their training kit so they do not need to visit the changing rooms.
  • Participants to stay in bubbles of 6 throughout the training.
  • Equipment sharing to be kept to an absolute minimum.
  • If essential equipment should only be shared within bubbles.

Safety In White Collar Boxing

Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) is the largest organiser of white collar boxing events in the UK. Since the first event in December 2009, over 62,000 people have stepped through the ropes and boxed at one of our events. That’s 62,000 people that have become fitter, healthier and no doubt engaged their families in physical activity. In turn, helping them to become fitter and healthier.

Boxing gets a tough time from the media. Whenever there is an injury there are calls for it to be banned, but statistically, if you look at serious injuries boxing is safer than cycling and rugby. We think this is due to excellent safety precautions at events.

“Statistically, if you look at serious injuries boxing is safer than cycling and rugby”

As with anything some events are more safety conscious than others. In this article, we will only be talking about the positive steps UWCB take to ensure we make our events as safe as realistically and practically possible. We feel our events offer a ‘gold standard’ in safety and this has been verified by doctors, neurosurgeons and many other professional bodies that have reviewed our practices. To our knowledge, we are also the only white collar boxing organisation to have insurance for participants. Our insurance is supplied by Bluefin who insure many national governing bodies and is paid for by UWCB at no cost to participants.

Participant at a UWCB event

Below we will list some of our safety measures:

  • All participants train together for 8 weeks and are matched fairly based on weight, height, fitness and ability. We do this to ensure that all our boxers are matched fairly. The trainers get an opportunity to assess everyone across the 8 week period and ensure it is a fair bout.
  • 16oz gloves and head guards – UWCB have gloves specifically made for our events with a higher density ‘safe spar’ foam. This is to ensure maximum protection for participants. Headguards further reduce impact and help to avoid cuts.
  • Pre-bout medical checks – all participants receive a medical before they box to check their suitability. If there is an issue then the participants are not permitted to take part in the event.
  • Post-bout medical checks – all participants receive a medical immediately after their bout. This checks for any injuries and will alert the medics to any potential problems.
  • Qualified referees – the majority of UWCB referees are ex AIBA or BBBOC qualified. All of which have attended the UWCB refereeing course.
  • Risk assessments and checks prior to and at all events – We fill out and retain a folder prior to every event to ensure that our events are consistently safe.

“We feel our events offer a ‘gold standard’ in safety. This has been verified by doctors, neurosurgeons and many other professional bodies”

We then carry out random quality control checks to verify that all our events are in line with our health and safety practices.

UWCB take the decision to make our events as safe as possible. There is no recognised governing body and no other organisation must follow our protocols.

Are you or a friend considering taking part in a White Collar Boxing event? Then you should do it with the longest established, biggest organisation in the UK which is UWCB.

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