With any sport comes an increase in health risks, whether those are physical, externally or internally, mental or emotional. Wrestling increases all of these risks due to the physical nature of the sport and the minimal amount of padding used to help wrestlers. It also is an individual sport, thus the pressure and margin for error is extremely slim. Below are the most common health risks associated with wrestling season.
Health Problems During Wrestling Season
1) Skin Infections
Infections of the skin are the single biggest health risk associated with wrestling season. Wrestling is an extremely physical sport. Wrestlers use very little padding, their skin mostly is uncovered and they come in direct contact with another human being almost at all times. These factors can create multiple skin infections throughout the season. The most common skin infections associated with wrestling season are Herpetic lesions, ringworm, molluscum contagiosum, impetigo, folliculitis and MRSA. To prevent these skin conditions, you should perform a daily skin check, have your gear laundered daily, practice good hygiene and use disinfecting spray.
One of the more common injuries associated with wrestling is a concussion. This is due to the physical nature of the sport and the amount of times wrestlers get thrown to the ground, while wearing only light headgear. Nothing that wrestlers wear fully prevents concussions. If they did so, it would change the sport completely. To help wrestling, wrestlers and coaches in general need to be more educated on concussions and the protocol for assessing concussions.
3) Nutritional Issues
Nutritional issues and weight control have long been a mainstays in conversations about the health risks involved in wrestling season. This has to do with wrestlers not using proper nutritional guidlines or a regular diet, especially during the season, which can cause serious health problems. Many wrestlers unhealthily cut weight to get down a weight class or two, when they really should maintain their healthy weight and compete at the proper weight class. Additionally, the methods that they use to cut weight are very unhealthy.
4) Youth Wrestling Injuries
The injury rates associated with youth wrestling are increasing, which is a major risk for kids trying to get into wrestling. Most of the injuries that are increasing in youth wrestling are upper-extremity injuries, such a elbow dislocations and shoulder injuries, since those are used so much during wrestling. It happens more in youth wrestling because kids may not be fully developed physically and therefore are more susceptible to upper-extremity injuries.
5) Wrestling Specific Problems
The last major health risks related to wrestling season are specifically unique to wrestling. These health risks include things such as cauliflower ear, knee bursitis and other very common wrestling problems and injuries. Cauliflower ear is when blood collects in the outer ear after an injury isn’t drained properly or becomes infected, which happens often in wrestling. Knee bursitis is a common wrestling injury due to the amount of time spent on the ground and moving your knees around. Bursitis occurs when the joints perform a frequent repetitive motion and the knee becomes inflamed.
Wrestling Health Risk Prevention
There are a lot of health risks associated with wrestling, whether physical, mental or emotional. The easiest ones to have a plan to prevent are the physical health risks of wrestling. To avoid injuries, you can train in the off-season and increase your technique, especially in youth wrestling. The biggest health risks involved in wrestling, however, are skin infections, which can easily be prevented with Clear Gear Sports Spray. We have the products to help you properly disinfect your wrestling mats and equipment. To learn more about our products and how we help combat wrestling health risks, contact us today.