What About Health & Hygiene?

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I hear about wrestlers "making weight" or "cutting weight" do youth wrestlers do this?
Absolutely not! This is one of the myths of youth wrestling. We do NOT have children in our club cut or make weight. There is absolutely no talk or discussion of weight loss with our wrestlers or parents.  In all of our competitions, members wrestle at their natural body weight against kids of similar size and ability level. 

What about personal hygiene?
We take hygiene very seriously. Mats are cleaned and sanitized between practices. Wrestlers are required to wear clean workout clothes, have trimmed fingernails, and to shower each night after practice.  Antibacterial foam can be purchased and used before and after matches. To help prevent the spread of skin issues, coaches may check wrestlers at each practice. Additionally, skin checks take place before matches and tournaments to reduce the spread of infections.  However, it is the responsibility of each family to inspect your wrestler daily for any skin issue.

Fingernails:  Must be trimmed to prevent scratching opponents and cannot extend past the end of the finger.
Open Cuts: Open cuts, scrapes, or wounds must be covered before attending practice or a tournament. Some referees may not allow a wrestler to compete if a wound is too severe.

I hear wrestlers contract a lot of skin infections, is that true?
All contact sports have an inherent risk of athletes contracting skin infections, including sports like football and basketball. The coaches and staff have dedicated themselves to provide a safe, healthy and clean environment for every athlete. The practice mats are sanitized every day before practice, and during if necessary. We also observe the athletes to ensure that we don't see anything that may be a skin infection. We ask that you help prevent skin infection by having them shower immediately after practicing or competing, and wash practice clothes, singlets, and headgear after each use. 

If you think your athlete may have a skin infection, DO NOT hide it from the coaches! NOTIFY a coach, before practicing or competing; we will let you know if we think it's a skin infection that needs to be looked at by a doctor. The skin disease that most often occurs in wrestling is ringworm, and in more serious cases, staph infection (MRSA). Ringworm in particular tends to spread very quickly among teammates due to the constant skin-skin contact. This is why we cannot take risks with having an athlete with a skin infection.

Signs of possible infection: slight redness, constant itching, scaling, swelling, boils (pus-filled infections of hair follicles), sty's, Ring Worm, and Staph Infection (MRSA)

Sickness: Although not related to skin infections, if your child is not feeling well or has a fever on the day of a tournament (or a practice) please keep your child at home. We do not want other wrestlers to get sick. 

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