Exploring the health dangers of wrestling

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Hayden Kutchara

Wrestling is a well-known winter sport in high schools. It’s a combat sport that involves clinch fighting, throws, joint locks and other grappling-type techniques. Wrestling requires speed, strength and endurance, technique, flexibility, and agility. Wrestling can be a very physically damaging sport, which means we see wrestling injuries all the time.

Since injuries are very frequent in wrestling, the most common type of injuries that are seen are. Meniscus and MCL tears (which are knee injuries,) fractured fingers, Cauliflower ear, dislocations and sprains, and even depression and eating disorders. Wrestlers also have a lot of skin-on-skin contact, which means wrestlers also have the risk of getting skin infections, such as ringworm, scabies, staph infection,among others. 

However there are many ways for wrestlers to protect themselves from injuries and infections, because it is very important for the wrestlers to stay safe. Cauliflower ear is caused by bruising the ear structure and can be hard to avoid, but wearing headgear is the best way to go, and can prevent other ear and head injuries. Wearing headgear with padding and help from getting any injuries on the forehead. The headgear also helps the wrestler prevent concussions. In addition to the padding on the headgear, a mouthpiece can help tongue and teeth injuries also prevent concussions. Wearing knee pads can prevent prepatellar bursitis, which is the inflammation of the bursa in front of the kneecap. Wrestlers usually get this from being slammed and thrown onto the mat. Knee pads can help prevent the knee from getting the injury and or to soften the pain from the knee getting slammed. It’s also very important for the wrestler to train for wrestling. They need to have proper strength and stamina, and they also need to have the appropriate diet. Having the appropriate diet, stamina and strength can also prevent injuries because they’ll be physically ready and in good shape for wrestling. It is always important for wrestlers to be safe while participating in this sport.