One of the common mistakes made by many personal trainers and fitness instructors, is to not wrap their clients hands when performing padwork drills. Whilst the hands can remain unwrapped for bag work, the bag is largely immobile and in most clubs, does not have enough weight to represent a risk to the small bones of the hand.
In most cases of padwork however, the pad is heading in the opposite direction to the punch, meaning that the force requiring displacement is significantly higher.
Because of this it’s important to ensure that all clients get into the habit of either wrapping their hands themselves or having it done for them prior to commencing a padwork session.
With the above in mind, here are three best practice guidelines:
Use at least 3 metre wraps – Anything shorter than this will normally require a reduction in support or cushioning for any except the most dainty of hands
Use Mexican wraps – These wraps are characterised by a slightly elastic quality to the material, but should not be confused with crepe wraps. The latter whilst also being slightly elasticated, are generally too flimsy to provide adequate support.
Wrap the thumb – One of the most common issues in padwork is the thumb getting snagged during a punch. To mitigate this, make sure that it is included when wrapping the rest of the hand.
Whilst the above don’t cover all of the keys to wrapping the hands, they’re definitely a great place to start.