Stipe Miocic's coach Joe Delguyd on avoiding injury in camp

Jim Reader talks to the Strong Style Fight Team boxing coach about how to stay injury-free before the big night

29 October 2012    |    0 Comments

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In our December issue of Fighting Fit, ON SALE THURSDAY, we ask our panel of top boxing and MMA coaches how they deal with injury prevention in training camp. Don't miss it!

How do you ensure your fighters stay in top shape for fight night?
I think overtraining sometimes is an issue. You have to know when to give someone a day off and lighten up on training. I've been in this sport all my life - my dad was a fighter [boxer] and I was an amateur fighter and a professional kickboxer - and I've seen guys' batteries wear down. You get an eye for it. When you see a guy in sparring and he's not letting his hands go, or he's a little bit listless, or his punches don't have the snap that they normally have, things that really look like everyday fatigue, I say knock off early, run and spar a little less, eat and sleep a little bit more, whatever it is you need to do to recharge your batteries.

Is it the responsibility of the fighter or the coach to keep injury free?
I think it's both. I tell my guys to speak up if something's bothering them. If you're in a fight, we'll ignore it and fight through it; that's the time to fight through an injury, not in the gym. If somebody was to tweak their hand or their shoulder or whatever the case may be, let me know. If one of my guys tells me they're hurt, I believe it. I'm not thinking they're trying to get out of a workout. Most of our kids are stalwarts; they're gladiators about training. I think communication is a big thing between the fighter and the coach to prevent injury. If you have a good relationship with your fighter and your fighter realises that you have faith in them and you believe that they're going to work hard for you, I think they can tell you that they're hurt if they were.

Do you think injuries are increasingly becoming a problem in MMA?
There was no MMA when I was fighting, but I think it is probably a bigger issue today than in the past because the sport has become so huge and so many guys are so hungry to succeed. They're training three times a day, they're doing conditioning in the morning, they're doing technique in the afternoon, they're doing sparring in the evening, and then you have all the disciplines you have to get into with mixed martial arts. I don't think the injury issue is as great in boxing as it is in MMA.

In our December issue of Fighting Fit, ON SALE THURSDAY, we ask our panel of top boxing and MMA coaches how they deal with injury prevention in training camp. Don't miss it!

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