Microbial Enemies

Keeping wrestlers healthy by avoiding skin infections is a concern of every wrestler, wrestling parent, and coach. While skin infections such as ringworm ( Tinea fungus), impetigo (bacterial infection), herpes (virus) and pink eye (conjunctivitis) are not uncommon in contact sports, wrestlers need to take specific precautions to avoid contamination.

We all know that wrestlers and fighters are exceptional athletes. Along with being individual athletes come special needs. Staying healthy and free from infections is one of these needs.

The most important step we can take toward preventing and curing skin infections is to educate ourselves. Adequately trained we can begin to lay a solid foundation, brick by brick, for healthy, infection tolerant skin.

Three different types of microbes can cause skin disruptions:

1. Fungus (most common is Tinea)

Causes ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot, and infected nails

2. Bacteria

Causes staph, impetigo, and MRSA

3. Virus

Causes herpes and warts