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Strength and Conditioning for Professional Boxing

Recommendations for Physical Preparation

Ruddock, Alan D. CSci, MSc; Wilson, Daniel C. MSc; Thompson, Stephen W. MSc; Hembrough, Dave MSc; Winter, Edward M. DSci, PhD, CSci

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 3 - p 81–90
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000217
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ABSTRACT PROFESSIONAL BOXING IS A POPULAR PAN-GLOBAL SPORT THAT ATTRACTS CONSIDERABLE INTEREST AND REVENUE. IT IS A HIGH-INTENSITY SPORT THAT REQUIRES A RANGE OF WELL-ADAPTED PHYSIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS LIKELY PREREQUISITES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE. SERIOUS CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO MEDICAL ASPECTS AND POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS FROM PARTAKING IN TRAINING AND COMPETITION. HOWEVER, THERE ARE NO COMPREHENSIVE SOURCES OF APPLIED SPORT SCIENCE RESEARCH IN THE PREPARATION OF PROFESSIONAL BOXERS FOR COMPETITION. IN THIS REVIEW, WE PRESENT RESEARCH FROM PHYSIOLOGY AND STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING TO FORM A KNOWLEDGE BASE FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN PREPARING PROFESSIONAL BOXERS FOR COMPETITION.

1Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom; and

2Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Address correspondence to Alan D. Ruddock, a.ruddock@shu.ac.uk.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Alan D. Ruddockis a doctoral researcher and physiologist for sport performance at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University.

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Daniel C. Wilsonis a strength and conditioning coach at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University.

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Stephen W. Thompsonis a lecturer in strength and conditioning in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University.

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Dave Hembroughis senior sport science officer and strength and conditioning coach at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University.

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Edward M. Winteris Professor of the Physiology of Exercise at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University.

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