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Jaw Muscle Exercises for Boxing

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Kim Nunley has been screenwriting and working as an online health and fitness writer since 2005. She’s had multiple short screenplays produced and her feature scripts have placed at the Austin Film Festival. Prior to writing full-time, she worked as a strength coach, athletic coach and college instructor. She holds a master's degree in kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton.
Jaw Muscle Exercises for Boxing
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Your jaw is often the unfortunate victim of your opponent’s punch during a boxing match. Being able to take a punch relies on the strength of both your jaw and neck muscles so your workouts should include jaw and neck exercises. If you have previous issues with your jaw or neck, check with your doctor first before incorporating strengthening exercises.

Absorbing a Punch

A knockout occurs when your muscles are unable to effectively absorb the blow from a punch. A punch can knock your jaw out of place or snap your head back, which can compress blood flow to your brain and cause you to become unconscious. Strengthening the jaw and neck helps improve your ability to absorb the impact. The jaw muscles hold your mandible bone, which is the major bone in the jaw, securely in place. The muscles in your neck work to prevent your head from snapping back, which will help you recover from a blow more quickly and also reduce your risk of a concussion.

Jaw Exercises

To strengthen the jaw muscles, use your hand to provide resistance. Place your thumb against the front of your chin and slide your jaw forward. Place your thumb on the side of your jaw and slide the jaw to the side. Press your hand to the bottom of your jaw as you open your jaw as wide as possible. Push harder on your chin and jaw to increase exercise intensity.

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