Its that time of year everyone. Wrestling season is here. If you are new to the sport of wrestling, this information is for you. Wrestling is a very hands on sport. There is a lot of skin to skin contact. With any sport that has a lot of skin to skin contact, we as parents must be informed on potential issues with our little (or big) wrestler. There are various skin infections caused by viruses, bacteria, and the most common, fungus. We as parents can help reduce the risk of getting a skin infection by doing a few things.
1) Always shower after practice. - This sometimes can be a pain in the butt. You child has just spent the last two hours at practice. It's late and they are ready to eat and get to playing Fortnite or going to bed. Either way, do not let them skip out on their shower. Use warm water and soap. There are defense soaps out on the market that will help as well.
2) Wash clothes after each practice- It is easy for a child to pick up a used pair of shorts and jump in the car and go to practice. Be sure to wash in hot or warm water their practice clothes. They are full of germs. Be sure to wear clean clothes to each practice.
3) Wash gear regularly - Try to comb through your childs wrestling bag at least once a week. You can take a Lysol wipe and disinfect their headgear, Let their shoes air out overnight. And try to keep moisture out of their wrestling bag.
4) Do nightly skin checks - After your child gets out of the shower. Have the put their arms out under good lighting and you check their skin out top to bottom. They will get these skin checks weekly during the season. If you see an red rings, bumps, blisters, or rashes. I would cover them up immediately with a band aid or gauze. Most of the coaches have seen plenty of skin infections and can probably tell you if it is something you would need to go to the Dr. for. Just ask.
5) Take Sick Days - Don't be afraid your child is going to get behind by missing 1 or 2 practices. If your child is coughing, fever, runny nose, etc. Keep your child home. We prefer to not risk the health of the other kids int he room.If your child has to stay home from school for sickness, they should also stay home from wrestling practice. Wed like the child to be fever free for at least 48 hrs before returning back to practice.
6) Wash hands regularly - Self explanatory.
If you or your child suspect they have a skin infection, please let us know and we can take a look at it. More than likely they will need to see a Dr. There are skin check forms in the Resources section of the website. If you take your child to the Dr. for a skin infection, the dr. will need to fill out that form. Your child will need to present the skin check form to the tournament director at the time of weigh-ins.