Physics Of Boxing

Physics Of Boxing

If someone told you that boxing has a lot to do with physics, then you would probably just laugh that person out. But on the contrary, though it may sound strange, boxing has a lot to do with physics.

In fact, there is physics of boxing that professional and serious amateur boxers study diligently in order to win matches.

So many theories that have been used in our daily actions may be connected to the motions of the fighters. Let us talk of Newton’s Law of Motion, which says that if a body is at rest, it will be so; but if a body is moving consistently at a certain speed, it will continue at that speed. Only when an unbalanced force comes into picture, the rest or the motion of the body can be changed. If you apply this law to boxing, you will realize that as long as the boxer is not being hit, he is balanced and at a certain speed. But when he is hit, he goes off balance.

Another law of Newton states F=ma where F means force and ma means mass and acceleration. In terms of boxing, this would mean that a boxer with more mass, i.e. a heavier boxer, will have more force in his punch. Lastly if we look at the third law of Newton, it says every action will have an equal and opposite reaction. If you apply this to boxing, you would see that when a boxer gets a punch, he moves in the same direction. Though you would expect the action and reaction to be such that the bout would be over, since these forces act on different bodies we do not see such actions and reactions often.

Understanding the physics of boxing can be very useful during a bout.

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