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    Who holds the duty of care in boxing matches?


    The duty of care in boxing matches is shared by event promoters, coaches/trainers and, to a certain extent, ringside medics.

    Promoters’ duty of care

    An event promoter’s duty of care in boxing matches includes ensuring participants, referees, other attending personnel and spectators are not at risk of personal injuries by making sure that:

    • Ringside medics are present at all contests (to ensure boxing injuries are diagnosed and treated quickly and effectively)
    • The ring, pathways and other areas frequented by participants, personnel and spectators are well maintained, dry and clutter-free (to prevent injuries by slip, trips and falls, faulty equipment or worn/damaged seating, for example)
    • Parking areas and walkways into the venue are well maintained (prevention of slip, trip or fall injuries)

    Suitably trained personnel to ensure effective crowd control must also be in place (prevention of unruly crowds causing outbreaks of violence).

    Coaches’ and trainers’ duty of care in boxing matches

    Trainers and coaches must ensure that boxers are protected by ensuring that boxers:

    • Wear suitable, well-maintained protective equipment when training, sparring and competing (boxing gloves; headgear during training)
    • Potential risks are made aware of
    • Trained in self-protection and avoiding boxing injuries

    Any protective equipment worn by boxers should be regularly checked and maintained, regardless of whether it was provided by a club or belongs to a boxer. Other equipment, training areas and associated facilities must also be kept well maintained, clutter-free and dry.

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    Ringside medics’ duty of care

    Ringside medics’ duty of care in boxing matches consists of correctly diagnosing and administering suitable treatment for boxing match injuries. They may also be called upon to assist in the treatment of other personnel or spectators in case of accidents at a boxing venue.

    Breach of duty of care

    If the duty of care is breached by promoters, trainers/coaches or medics and you are subsequently injured by a boxing match accident or your boxing-related injury develops into a long-term condition (like Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury, for instance) because it was not diagnosed or treated adequately by ringside medics, you could have reason to make a claim for injury compensation.

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    Date Published: February 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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