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What are the pros and cons of boxing?

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According to The Houston Chronicle, boxing is a good form of cardiovascular exercise. Boxing also requires flexibility training, which alleviates stress in the neck muscles. There are also risks when boxing including head injuries, fractured noses and lacerations.

The Houston Chronicle notes that boxing provides mental focus and therapeutic training. It is also a good way to burn off steam after a hard day's work, and the sport is a safe atmosphere where a person lets out frustration. A disadvantage of boxing, however, is finding an affordable gym with a boxing program. Alternatively, joining boxing clubs can be an inexpensive option, and these clubs are usually found in urban areas.

Science Daily reveals another con of boxing upon mention of a study that focuses on amateur boxing. The study reveals the danger of sustaining microhemorrhages in the brain that result in brain damage and dementia. According to The Los Angeles Times, boxing is also discouraged among children. Experts say there is a greater risk of injury in boxing than other sports since there is a specific targeting of the head and torso. Children and teens are especially at risk because their brains have not finished developing. Critics also note that boxing encourages children to solve problems with violence instead of focusing on peaceful solutions. On the other hand, The Los Angeles Times notes that boxing provides discipline, exercise and confidence in youth, and the sport keeps children from getting into trouble.


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