The International Amateur Boxing Association confirmed towards the end of 2013 that headguards will no longer be worn by 'senior men' in amateur boxing. Headguards will still be worn by all women boxer's, all male boxer's below the 'senior' level and children. That decision was based on several seperate medical studies that provided evidence that the removal of headguards amongst the senior male amateur boxer's will help reduce the cases of concussion.
Headguards do offer some protection from cuts and bruises, but as i said earlier, they offer no protection at all to the head jarring that can cause knockout. The major downside of Headguards is that they also cut down on your peripheral vision, which can make it more difficult to see some punches that are coming your way, until it's too late. The IABA limited the removal of headgear to senior male amateurs as the punches are more powerful at that level, therefore that's the level where most cases of concussions occur.
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