Aug. 11th, 2008 @ 02:51 pm
I've been watching the Olympic judo matches. Very cool. What is the purpose of the wraps/tape I occasionally see on players' hands or feet?
And why do boxers wrap their hands?
|Date:||August 11th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)|| |
I think the rationale is that it can prevent certain injuries and sprains by literally holding your bones together. For karate/judo, it can give you some bit of traction on the hands or feet, especially when things get sweaty. I never really liked it myself.
|Date:||August 12th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)|| |
I've used wraps when I have minor injuries that could use some support. In grappling it's really easy to jam a finger or toe, so taping them together is common. I don't know about traction, but judo gis can be rough and abrade the skin, tape'll help with that.
Depending on which wraps you're talking about, boxers can wrap their hands for several reasons:
-To support the wrists. Boxing gloves don't make for tight fists the way you would in karate.
-When you're not using gloves, punching bags will shred the skin from your knuckles easily, so wraps protect your knuckles.
To protect their knuckles and wrist bones when hitting the heavybag, also it makes their fist hard as rock so when they put them in the gloves they can hit that much harder.
Tito Trinidad used to wrap his hands illegally until he was caught by Hopkins, up till then he was busting guys up, but when Hopkins made them re wrap the hands Tito didn't have as much power and Hopkins beat him to a pulp.
Take a long peaice of cloth and wrap it around your knuckles with your hand flat out, dont cut off the circulation but try and make it tight, then make a fist and see how solid it is compared to when its not wrapped.
But thats only when their fighting an opponent. When they hit the heavybag their doing it to protect their knuckles and wrist bones.
How does it protect wrist bones?
The same way any brace or cast does. It provides support and as someone else said, essentially keeps them in place and together. Depending on how soft the wraps are, how tight they are, how many layers you've put into them, they can also slightly dissipate the force of a misplaced blow.
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