Wrestling is all about competing with your opponent to see who’s stronger and quicker. When the action starts, injuries are bound to occur. That’s why safety is very important so that injuries are mitigated.
In any Industry or sports activity, there are always rules/ safety precautions that would help you work efficiently without causing any damage to yourself.
Why is Safety During Wrestling Important?
Injuries associated with wrestling are bruises, bloody noses, and scrapes. Also, strains and sprains. Other serious injuries people get during wrestling include dislocation, shoulder separation, paetella dislocation, and prepatellar bursitis.
Other wrestling injuries include concussions, cauliflower ear- which is a condition in which some parts of the ear become swollen. They may also get friction, burns, and skin infections such as impetigo and ringworm, especially from a dirty mat.
There are 4 dangerous and risky ways some wrestlers try to lose weight which are:
- Starve themselves: Starving yourself shouldn’t be adopted, instead of dying from starvation, why not take a small quantity of food?
- Take weight-loss pills
- They let themselves get dehydrated
- Exercise to the extreme.
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Safe Wrestling Gear
To reduce the risk of injuries, be sure to have the right safety gear, including
Headgear: Headgear is required for all wrestlers in middle school, high school, and college levels. Headgear is often referred to as “ear guards” because it has coated shells that go over the ears to help avoid damage to the ear and head. The headgear should fit properly and all straps should be secured.
Mouthguards: Mouthguards are a cheap way to shield your teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue. For wrestlers who have braces, mouthguards are required in several
Athletic support: Guys should wear an athletic supporter and girls should wear a good sports bra while wrestling.
Kneepads: Some wrestlers wear knee pads on one or both of their knees. A knee that hits the mat over and over again can result in swelling. Padded kneepads can help prevent that. Another type of kneepad, called a shooting sleeve, has less padding and is designed to help knees slide across the mat to help prevent mat burns.
Shoes: Wrestling shoes are flexible and light, but they should also have ankle protection and stamina on the mat. Be sure to choose the ones that match correctly and keep them tightly bound with the laces that are tucked in.
Safe Wrestling Training
Before beginning a training program, all wrestlers need to participate in a physical sport.(physical sports should be a backlink don’t you think) Many schools won’t let athletes compete unless they were part of a physical sport in the past year.
The health care professional will make sure there are no health problems and speak about the safety rules of the sports
- Be in good condition until the start of the wrestling season.
- Often warm-up and stretch before practice and matching.
- Using the right technique.
- Stop training if you experience pain or hurt. Check with your athletic trainer, coach, doctor, or nurse before you head back to your school.
- Take part in various sports during the year to avoid overuse injuries.
Wrestlers who are attempting to gain or lose weight should work with a coach, athletic trainer, or nutritionist to do so safely. It’s never healthy for anyone to starve themselves, workout to the limit, take weight-loss drugs, or get dehydrated intentionally.
Other safety tips:
After each match or practice, wrestling mats should be cleaned with a disinfectant cleaner. This helps to avoid skin infections, such as impetigo or ringworm.
Wrestlers should know and follow the rules of the game.
Teams should have a first-aid kit ready for both training and matches.
Wrestlers should remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after practice and match.
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