Hand wraps are a protective measure used by athletes to protect the fists from serious injury in combat-based sports such as boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and Muay Thai.
There are more than a few sports that require physical contact; sports such as baseball quickly come to mind. However, while those are contact sport, contact in those sports is more of a consequence of the goal than the goal itself. Some sports simulate actual hand-to-hand combat, mixed martial arts, or more commonly known by its acronym MMA, is one that comes to mind. This means that it is your goal to trade blows with your opponent in order to subdue them to a point which they are unable to continue fighting. However, this type of sport, while highly competitive and a great way to exercise can also lead to serious injuries if they are left unmitigated.
Hand wraps are an important piece of equipment in most combat-based sports, such as boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and the like, which all involve punches to varying degrees. They are essential in preventing hand injuries and provide additional support to one’s wrist, knuckles, hands, and joints lessening the risk of running into a fracture or a dislocation whether you’re practising with a sandbag, or in an actual sparring session or match with a real opponent. The most important part about using a hand wrap is that whenever you punch, the hand wrap facilitates an effect that allows the shock the hand receives after a punch to be distributed through the hand, thus protecting the thumb by not putting any pressure on it that didn’t need to be placed on it in the first place. It also absorbs sweat, and fills up boxing gloves, making it less likely for them to slip off or feel unwieldy.