There are many infectious diseases and skin conditions that can be transmitted by wrestling with an infected partner or training on mats that are not cleaned properly. Since ringworm is the most common, cellulitis, impetigo, staph and strep are all options when it comes to smiths who prefer wrestling. Even more serious diseases such as the meat that eats MRSA bacteria and even hepatitis can be transmitted from one athlete to another while fighting. This is why it is important that prevention is taken very seriously by athletes who go beyond just showering after exercise. Complete prevention is dependent on proper hygiene habits adopted by both the athlete and the gym. Fortunately, many useful products are available to strengthen personal hygiene as well as gym owners with powerful tools to maintain a disease-free exercise environment.
To prevent infectious skin infections, the wrestlers should shower immediately after each exercise. Antibacterial soaps and body gels specifically designed to fight pathogens common to wrestling are needed. When showering, it is best to use a washcloth, shower tissue or loofah sponge to screw up the skin slightly for complete removal of infectious microbes. If a shower is not available at your place, antibacterial napkins are by no means a substitute for a shower, but they are good products that offer a temporary defense until a deeper cleaning is possible. Cleaning wipes should be used a lot like a soap bar, scrub all limbs, upper body, face, neck and even hair. Antibacterial wipes are smart prevention and excellent to use in tournaments for quick cleaning between matches with different partners. Antibacterial soaps and wipes are inexpensive, readily available online and should be included as part of any wrestler’s most needed equipment.
Sweaty gym clothes thrown into your wrestling bag right after exercise are a great place for bacteria and pathogens to thrive. Throwing your dirty clothes into the dial should happen after each exercise so that germs and bacteria do not get a chance to grow into a scary monster. Start each day with freshly washed clothes and towels. When fighting an outbreak, wash sheets, bedding and clothing daily with anti-bacterial detergent specifically designed to kill microbes. These can be found online or in a medical supplies store and are an important factor in getting rid of an infection quickly. For the best prevention, use anti-bacterial, antiviral foam, spray and lotions available for use directly before a fight. These help with a protective layer that prevents contaminants from sticking to the body so they can be washed away when cleaned with soap and water.
It is also smart to read and educate yourself about MRSA, the dangerous eating disorder, antibiotic resistant bacteria. This superbug is a cousin of staph and is increasing in athletic settings. An MRSA infection can be crazy and even deadly and should be taken seriously; Unfortunately, it enjoys living on wrestling mats and dirty athletes. Prevention should include keeping an eye on any cuts or scratches during the wrestling season and the personal hygiene tips listed above. Do not share personal items that have the potential to spread infection such as razors, towels or even water bottles. Athletes with infected or open wounds should avoid wrestling or contact with other athletes until fully healed. If a cut or wound appears to be infected, consult a physician precisely for the purpose of eliminating this problem and rejecting it at the passport; once you get it, it is very difficult to get rid of.
In addition to personal hygiene on the part of the athlete, gym owners are also responsible for preventing infectious pathogens in wrestling. Wrestling mats must be cleaned and disinfected before each use with a mop that has been laundered. If mats are rolled up and stored at the end of the exercise, it is also important to clean the underside of the mat as well. Wrestling mats that disinfect products must be effective against MRSA, ringworm (trichophyton mentagrophites), staph, strep, herpes, hepatits (B and C) and the AIDS virus. These bacteria must be on the label of the detergent used or they may not kill them and therefore provide less protection. It is also important to follow the instructions on the label on how to use the mat detergent so that the correct amount of water is used for dilution. If too much water is used, the product will be too diluted and may not eliminate all possible pathogens. Lastly, use a deep cleaning product once a month on exercise mats and equipment surfaces for a more thorough eradication of potentially harmful microbes.