Are headaches after sparring normal?

Discussion in 'Boxing Training' started by kirk, Aug 15, 2022.

  1. kirk

    kirk l l l Staff Member

    Jul 26, 2004
    I've been told by someone that they're repeatedly getting headaches after sparring.

    In my life I don't recall ever getting a headache from sparring.

    Is that relatively normal to get? Since... blunt force trauma and all, or is getting headaches after sparring rather unusual and a cause for caution.
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  2. captain hook

    captain hook Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    I don't think its normal.. I also never had headaches after sparring, only felt little bit hazey but that's how I feel after every hard training, punched or not, and I like that feeling :)

    Check out your head or stop boxing, headaches are not good.
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  3. Tockah

    Tockah Konjo Full Member

    Mar 12, 2022
    I'm the furthest thing from an expert but it seems like in uncommon circumstance like this that the side of caution is best to be on. they should likely see a doctor or stop sparring.
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  4. BaronSamedi

    BaronSamedi Active Member Full Member

    Mar 9, 2015
    They do happen occasionally but certainly shouldn't be regular
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  5. kirk

    kirk l l l Staff Member

    Jul 26, 2004
    Thanks guys.
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  6. sasto

    sasto Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 5, 2020
    Do they normally wear glasses and take them off to spar? Do they get headaches at other times like after running?

    That could do it, but it's such an ominous symptom it would be really reckless to keep sparring without getting a checkup.
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  7. Ph33rknot

    Ph33rknot “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” Full Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Never had a headache from sparing
  8. Terror

    Terror Well-Known Member Full Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    Yes lol. Depends on the gym, depends on the vibe. It's not preferable and I wouldn't go to a gym that encourages hard sparring if you're on a 2x/wk sparring schedule. I would say after every (or every other) session at a "hard sparring gym" someone is going home with a headache. Even if they didn't get knocked out. Personally I'd say I had a headache or some type of prolonged fuzziness from about 10% of my sparring sessions.
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  9. FastLeft

    FastLeft Well-Known Member Full Member

    Apr 23, 2022
    yes is normal
    if you get punch up in head a lot!
    i would not recommend it

    brain damage is normal too
    for boxer who get hit a lot in head on sparring. unfortunately
    i would not recommend it
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  10. MAD_PIGE0N

    MAD_PIGE0N ... Full Member

    Sep 3, 2022
    If you took too many (while this is very individual thing) during the training - it is normal. But it's not normal if it's often, while "often" in that case is considered something that can be described rare for other things - what do I mean? Taking even slight damage to the head is no joke. So be careful, think again what's happening during practice and go see a doctor.
  11. Thaiboxcoach123

    Thaiboxcoach123 New Member Full Member

    Sep 13, 2022
    Any type of heavier sparring certainly has the potential to bring on a headache. Sometimes a person can have a predisposition to headaches too which doesn't help. I think the majority of people who train have experienced this at some point
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  12. littlebrain

    littlebrain Active Member Full Member

    Sep 14, 2022
    My advice is to get a scan asap.

    A young Scottish fighter died in the ring a few years ago and he was suffering from headaches leading up to the fight.

    Hopefully the scan will be OK but if not then it is better not to find out you have a problem in the ring.
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  13. turpinr

    turpinr Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 6, 2009
    I boxed in the 70's and 80's and had 37 amateur fights.
    Our main sparring days were on Sunday mornings and most Sunday afternoons I'd have a headache of varying levels of pain.
    I only tried a headguard once and didn't like it.
    Even though our sparring gloves were 16 ozs most of the padding had shifted and there wasn't much round the knuckles.
    Like a lot of boxers I took harder punches in sparring than in a fight and suffered my only (flash) knockdown in sparring.
    Years earlier I'd suffered headaches from heading the ball playing football but never thought anything of it.
  14. Jpreisser

    Jpreisser Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 29, 2015
    Yeah, I remember interviewing Vanes Martirosyan and he said sparring and continuous use of ibuprofen was a fighter's way of life.
  15. Rollin

    Rollin Well-Known Member banned Full Member

    Nov 17, 2021
    I recommend avoiding going full Philly unless its a planned session of hard sparring. Cuban touch training can be just as beneficial --- perhaps even more so because it allows and encourages trying new things instead of sticking to the well known patterns a more aggressive sparring would force one to.