Worm: A skin disease producing round scaly patches
on the skin, caused by a fungus.
diseases, skin diseases, in particular, are a threat to wrestlers
because of constant skin-to-skin contact and repeated minor abrasions.
Skin diseases can sweep through a team unless the wrestlers are
monitored and treated effectively. Preventative measures are of
primary importance and require the cooperation of each wrestler,
and very close observation of each coach. Skin diseases can not
only hinder a wrestler but also cause him to be disqualified from
must also watch very closely for signs of ringworm among their
athletes. The rules require or recommend that all competitors
be checked by medical personnel for communicable diseases before
competition, but the fungus may have already spread among the
athletes while conducting practice. Athletes may not be aware
of the skin condition since the infected area does not cause pain
or illness, but only slight redness, itching and scaling. It therefore
does not motivate the wrestler to stay off the mat. The affected
area may also not be visible to the athlete. Areas such as the
back of neck/hairline, or back often go unnoticed. The fungus
infection is very contagious and the athlete should seek
medical treatment immediately, and stay of the mat until
every bit of the infection has cleared.
may include oral medication and/or anti-fungal cream. Because
of the nature of the sport, the usual method of treatment is not
effective because of the excessive sweating. The athlete MUST
BE COMPULSIVE in the treatment in order for it to be effective.
Treatment takes 3-4 weeks.
of skin diseases includes showering after every practice. Wrestling
uniforms and practice clothing should be laundered after each
use, and mats should be cleaned with a disinfectant before each
practice. However, most disease transmission occurs through skin-to-skin
of Illness: The length of illness is dependent on the
quickness with which you seek medical help, the type of ringworm
which you have and the organism's sensitivity to treatment. The
time can be days to weeks. (On occasion it can be months). also
some individuals have a strong tendency to become easily re-infected.
Maintenance: Wrestling mats must be washed every day
prior to practice with a sodium hypochlorite solution (i.e. bleach).
At tournaments the mats should be washed at the break between
If we all do our part we can keep the disease from spreading and
have a happy ring worm free wrestling year.
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