IMHO if you box seriously, you should have some headgear as part of your training gear. If you have it, why not wear it? My boxing headgear fits great and breathes well compared to the crappy dipped foam headgear I used to have.
From the study: EFFECTIVENESS OF BOXING HEADGEAR FOR LIMITING INJURY:
Based on the current effort,
the currently designed headgear and
gloves are effective in reducing the risk
I find any benefit offered by wearing headgear is offset by your partner's perception that you are wearing a cushion on your head and thus can be hit as hard as they can throw a punch.
Also, why do you find headgear to be useful for clinch work? Wearing headgear and clinching is one of the most frustrating things I've ever done.
agreed. clinching in headgear is fucking retarded anyway because i never fight in headgear, and you're never going to fight in headgear in teh streetz. if you seriously wear it to prevent **** like abrasions on your neck from gloves, perhaps a sport like darts or softball would be preferable.
Mostly cause elbows cut and I have to go to work in the morning, and in my profession, having face cuts and abrasions is not professional and rather frowned upon.
Elbows can be trained with elbow pads on to avoid cutting, abrasions can be avoided by not using gloves or handwraps. In fact, most abrasions you get in the clinch are on the neck. Wearing headgear in no way stops this. I've had one abrasion on my face in 3+ years of doing MT without headgear.
Muay Thai clinch is NOT equal to boxing clinch. Head butts happen way more in boxing because you aren't holding anyone's head.