I love sparring but really worried about CTE from repeated head strikes and been thinking a lot about how to reduce risk.
I am trying to just lightly tag partners with head strikes. This is working to some extent - but it does inhibit the speed of my punches as it is hard to punch fast but also pull it with enough accuracy not to cause damage.
I saw a video with Ramsey Dewey where he mentioned that in light contact sparring he adopts an unclenched fist within his gloves for strikes. So these aren't palm strikes or anything - he is literally doing normal hooks and jabs but with an unclenched fist.
This sounds like quite an appealing way of approaching sparring if it is safe. It would automatically inhibit the fighters from hitting too hard - but needs less conscious effort than trying to pull punches at the last second.
What do experts think? Good way to spar? Safe enough for the hands? Likely to help reduce CTE?
Obviously you need to practice proper punching as well - anything on pads or bags you would want to go full force.