The unique complexity and functionality of the hand is what makes many of the task we perform on a daily basis seem simple and a secondary thought. It remains a secondary thought until you have an injury to your hand.  ONX has developed a novel and inspirational new way to protect an athletes hand during training at a novice as well as expert level. Approximately, 12% of all MMA related injuries are to a participant’s hands.  An injury to one’s hands can result in unwanted time away from training and potentially long term effects that could lead to limited ability to continue to participate in MMA related activities.  Often times injuries to the hands and wrists are simply thought of as breaks or fractures, but talk to anyone that has been in the business long enough and they will let you know that soft tissue injuries around the hand/wrist are often more common. These soft tissue injuries also commonly require a longer time to recover. ONX new design aims to help protect your hands to keep you doing what you love both in and out of the gym.

One of the most innovative aspects of the X-Factor training gloves is the adjustable x-strap that allows the gloves to conform more naturally to your hand size. This is achieves several goals. First, it creates a more comfortable glove. Secondarily, the improved fit results in fewer poorly positioned punches allow the athlete to land more techniquely clean strikes to help eliminate injury. Third, and most exciting is that through this new design the glove has gained an exponentially better ability to resist ulnar (towards the pinky finger) directed torsion of the wrist that can at best result in a wrist sprain and more detrimentally a tear to the triangular fibrocartilage complex of the wrist (TFCC). The TFCC is responsible for helping to provide stability between the radius and ulna at the level of the wrist and if torn can sometimes require surgical repair with up to 3-6 months to heal postoperatively.

A common area for striking athlete to injure his/her hand is at the level of the metacarpal phalangeal joint (MP joint). The MP joint is the ‘large’ joint of the fist that is the region in which a person strikes a target. There are two distinct anatomic tissues at risk during a strike in near the MP joint. The 1st are the sagittal bands. The sagittal bands are a set of tissues located on the dorsal aspect of the MP joint (back of the MP joint/ extensor tendon side of the finger) that help to stabilize the extensor tendons from sliding of the ulnar or radial aspect of the MP joint during motion. These tissues can be partially or completely ruptured with a direct blow to them (ie punching something). If not treated it can lead to continued pain in the region every time an athlete makes a fist or strikes. Treatment for this injury can include full time use of a splint for 6 weeks or surgery, with at least 6 weeks off to recover, in more severe cases. The second region of concern are the collateral ligaments of the MP joint. The collateral function as ropes connecting the metacarpal head to the base of proximal phalanx, put more directly they act as soft tissue ties holding the joint together. They are located on the direct radial and ulnar aspect of the MP joint and are most often injured with a hyperflexion and torsional stress to the MP joint. The disruptive design of the X-Factor gloves aims to decrease injuries to the collateral ligaments by providing a buttress in the center of the hand to limit MP hyperflexion, the patented ‘roll of coins’. The ‘roll of coins’ not only helps to decrease hyperflexion of the MP joints it indirectly decreases torsional stress to the MP joint by keeping all of the neighbor MP joints and fingers in more anatomic alignment, serving as a buttress to extreme ulnar or radial deviation. 

As anyone that has been around striking sports knows there is also a high risk of broken hands. The portion that is commonly injured is the metacarpal to the small finger, boxer’s fracture. All striking athletes know that the ideal area to strike with the hand is the long axis of the forearm going down the shaft of the radius across the CMC (carpometacarpal) joints of the index and long finger. The small finger (pinky) does not have the same axial support as well as the CMC joint for that finger is more mobile. This increased mobility can allow the metacarpal to get off axis during a strike and result in an increased stress at the metacarpal neck (boxers fracture) or at the base, resulting in a CMC fracture dislocation. A CMC fracture dislocation is treated with surgery and at a minimum 6-8 weeks out of activity for that hand. A long-term effect if the injury is ignored includes the risk of development of arthritis and pain. The X-Factor gloves help to combat this injury through its angular design in the striking surface to help the index and long finger make first solid contact during a strike.

Unique to X-Factor gloves is the ability to help protect an athlete’s wrist from a hyper extension injury. Athletes know that at times they can experience an indirect strike and result in a hyperextension motion to the wrist that results in pain and discomfort. This pain can lead to frustration and turning from this form of exercise. X-Factor gloves are designed to help protect an athlete’s wrist from hyperextension through the revolutionary X-design. Extreme force full wrist extension can lead to injuries in the wrist including scaphoid fractures, scapholunate ligament injuries, and dorsal triquetral avulsion fractures. Treatment for these conditions can range from 4 weeks in a cast to surgery and 6 months of recovery.