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Fistic Medicine: The Sweet Science of Hand Protection

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Before we knew how good Royce Gracie was, we knew Art Jimmerson was in trouble.

As Jimmerson strode to the Octagon to test his boxer’s skill against an unknown underweight Brazilian at UFC 1, he wore a boxing glove on one hand and athletic tape on the other. His fight was lost before it began. In a sport with stiff penalties for uncertainty, fighters deserve to know the pros and cons of modern fighting gloves.

The original boxing gloves were thin strips of leather that Grecian fighters bound about their clenched fists to protect the small bones of the hand against fracture. The Romans added metal spikes and studs, converting the protective devices into weapons, and irreparably linking boxing with brutality and barbarism in the Western mind. When boxing returned to fringe acceptability, fighters quickly learned that bare-knuckle strikers had short careers and painful retirements.


link Interesting article on fightsport gloves.

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Post #1   7/21/10 1:44:05AM   

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interesting article.

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Post #2   7/21/10 2:23:12AM   

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Another neat fact.
The first MMA glove was designed by John Perritte and an orthopedic surgeon by the name of Dr.Estwanik.

Post #3   7/21/10 6:34:08AM   

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Neat!

Post #4   7/21/10 9:32:37AM   

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This is cool and all but this is not really news

Post #5   7/21/10 9:52:58AM   

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MMA glove = ideal? Then why do we see more hand injuries than in boxing?

Post #6   7/21/10 10:37:31AM   

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I'm sort of purist in that I don't like gloves. I understand the necessity for mainstream acceptance and regulation, but it's unrealistic. Part of the reason that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (or grappling arts in general) is so much more effective in a real world situation than striking martial arts is because you cannot safely punch in a street fight. Powerful or repeated strikes with a bare knuckle fist can easily break the hand.

It's one of several ways that MMA rules offer an advantage to one style or another. I love the sport, don't get me wrong. But part of the reason that so many different styles work today that didn't work in the original MMA competitions is because the rules have change to level the playing field. It makes for an interesting spectacle but is less realistic than the days when the Gracies owned the UFC or when Pride FC was just starting out.

Post #7   7/21/10 12:38:35PM   

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Not news!

Post #8   7/21/10 6:46:15PM