By definition, wrestling involves constant contact with an opponent making it one of the most full contact sports in existence. Wrestling is an extremely intense and demanding sport that is most often participated in at the high school, college or Olympic level. To some degree, wrestling injuries happen during nearly every match and usually involve strains and sprains, but there are certainly more serious and traumatic injuries that happen all the time. Think of the friction that occurs when the wrestler is taking down an opponent or is on the ground and struggling with the opponent. The wrestling mat is creating such a tension that surface cuts and skin perforations are happening all the time. Between the sweat, saliva and sometimes blood, people are at risk for contracting infectious illnesses. Of course this is bad news for wrestlers but good news for infectious illnesses like the Herpes simplex virus, Staph, MRSA, even Athlete’s Foot.
It’s fairly difficult to quantify wrestling injuries because it would simply be impossible to monitor every bump, sore muscle or cut accurately. While wrestling headgear, shoes and often knee pads are worn, the body still takes a beating and it’s very common for wrestlers to acquire impact injuries from hitting the mat as seen in outside damage to their ears. Even the smallest opening in the skin, cut, abrasion or lesion can serve as a perfect portal of entry for a difficult to treat infection like MRSA or Staph.
Cases of MRSA and other infectious illnesses can be extremely aggressive and difficult to treat. They can cause major complications and you may find that sitting out a few matches or competitions is the least of your worries. Information like this is enough for anyone to take action in keeping themselves and their wrestling gear clean and protected. The use of Clear Gear Sports Spray to treat your wrestling gear is vital as it is specially designed to kill illness causing germs, viruses and bacteria.
The following are some suggestions to help stop the spread of infectious illnesses and diseases in wrestling:
When you do find yourself cut or injured during a wrestling match, seek immediate medical attention. Remember, any visible wound or injury will likely have you sitting out until you’ve been treated and cleared by a doctor. Make sure to keep the wrestling mat and locker room clean and free from bacteria or waste.