Is Boxing Safe for Kids?


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Do the benefits of youth boxing outweigh the risk of injury?

by Carina Storrs

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that doctors "vigorously oppose" youth boxing because of the risk of head injuries like concussions. But trainers and boxing supporters say it teaches young people discipline and work ethic better than any other sport. Many kids in urban areas join boxing gyms to learn how to defend themselves, and end up getting in fewer fights in school and on the street, they say.

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