Hygiene is important in all sports. Due to the contact of wrestling, it is particularly important that wrestlers keep their skin and equipment clean. Any damp, hot environment (ex. football or lacrosse pads, wrestling head gear or knee pads) can be a playground for germs. When athletes are sweating profusely and frequently, it is not uncommon to develop skin conditions like Impetigo or Tinea (ring worm). Both are quickly resolved, but contagious if left untreated. Due to the contact, wrestlers with either condition or any other contagious situations should refrain from wrestling until the condition is deemed not contagious by a medical doctor.
The best way to prevent skin infections in all sports is to shower immediately after practice and competition using soap and a clean towel. Always wear clean practice uniforms and equipment. See your doctor immediately if you have any unusual looking breakouts on your skin. It is important for coaches to screen athletes for visible skin conditions, as well as to keep all mats and areas around the wrestling room clean and disinfected.