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Use Defensesoap regularly to prevent skin problems
General information about the product can be found here.
This is an excellent web site to learn more information regarding skin viruses and prevention.  Check it out.  Also, 10% of all sales on their web site that originates from our web site will be credited to our Booster Club. 

Wrestling Hygiene
There are specific responsibilities you have as a wrestler. Read and understand them:
  • Wrestlers are required to shower immediately after practice using soap, and a washcloth.
  • Do not share towels, and have a clean towel and washcloth after each shower.
  • Do not share personal items (for example, clothing or equipment).
  • Put dirty clothes in a plastic bag each day, not in your regular bag.
  • Do not keep dirty clothes in locker.  Bring clean shirt and shorts each day.  Make it a habit to pack your daily towel and workout gear.
  • Coaches will perform Daily Skin checks before practice.
  • Frequent showering will wear down your skin. Use lotion on your skin after shower after completely drying off.
  • Do not wear wrestling shoes outside of wrestling room.  If you do, spray and wipe off bottom of shoes with mat cleaner.
  • Help mop or spray mats when assigned.
  • Report all skin lesions to the coaches.
  • Wear skin protectant before competing every time.
  • Limit the cultivation time from the end of practice to showering.
  • Frequent hand washing is one of the most helpful practices, and one of the most neglected
  • Treat possible infections with Lamisil AT Gel and alert coaches.  You must get a doctors note for clearance of suspicious lesion.

See this document for the form needed to participate with a skin lesion.
Participating in wrestling matches is not allowed with skin infections.  Certain skin lesions are allowed, but only with the form at the link above filled out and signed by a physician.

Be informed about MRSA
MRSA is an infection that is immune to most treatments.  Since it is transmitted during skin-to-skin contact, wrestlers should be informed of its symptoms and treatment.
04:46 PM PDT on Friday, November 2, 2007
KING5.com staff
SEATTLE - Don Nelson was 65 years old when he was hospitalized with pneumonia in May. His wife, Jackie, thought she'd have him back soon - until she realized antibiotics were doing nothing to beat back his illness. In three days, he was gone. "When he passed away that's when they told my sons that's what it was," she said. "That it was MRSA." Jackie had never heard the term MRSA before. She wanted to share her story, after learning MRSA is turning out to be more prevalent than she ever knew. A man in a Seattle hospital died of MRSA Thursday and at least one new case of the illness in Washington schools has been confirmed. The King County Medical Examiner identified the MRSA victim as 46-year-old John F. Jones. He died at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, but it is not clear why he was there, or how he got the infection. Harborview officials say there is no concern of risk to other patients. Public health experts stress that MRSA remains fairly common in the community and rarely leads to death.
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Prevent Staph infections
Antibiotic-resistant staph infections, usually involving the skin, are showing up more often among healthy people. Here are some prevention tips:
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water.
  • Keep cuts and abrasions clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
  • Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or material contaminated by wounds.
  • Do not share items such as razors, soap, ointments and balms, towels or wash cloths, clothing or uniforms.
  • If participating in contact sports, cover cuts, scrapes and other wounds with a bandage.
  • Shower with soap immediately after each practice or game. Wipe down all nonwashable equipment (mats, head protectors, gymnastics equipment, etc.) with alcohol or antibiotic solution after each person uses it.
  • If caring for someone with an infection at home, wash hands with soap after each physical contact and before going outside.
  • Only use towels for drying hands once. Change and launder linens frequently, right away if they are soiled.
  • When contact with body fluids is expected, wear disposable gloves and wash hands after removing them.
  • See a physician promptly if you have a suspicious skin sore or boil.

Read this article about the care and treatment of ringworm
Here's an entry posted on the Washing Wrestling Report message board with additional information:

Posted by RVH on 11/13/2007, 4:10 pm, in reply to "Re: The active ingrediant ."


Ringworm can be from many different strains of normally occurring fungi. They feed on dead cells, typically in a warm, dark, damp environment (winter in Washington). It is highly contagious - but will not normally take up residence in a healthy person.
  1. Get the affected area clean. Shave the hair around the area if possible. I suggest a Betadine solution scrub that will kill fungi and bacteria. You want to get rid of the dead skin cells and anything else that can feed the fungus.
  2. Mix a tablespoon of vinegar with a cup of water to make a dilute acid. That will clean up any residue and leave a slightly acidic surface.
  3. Treat with a topical fungicidal creme. OTC is Lotrimin or Lamisil. Each will kill only about 70% of the fungi that cause ringworm. There is an expensive prescription creme that kills about 90%. Continue treating it after it looks better.
  4. Lotrimin tablets will kill the fungus from below, and get all the spots on your body in case you are missing something. It will also work much faster than creme alone.
  5. Do not cover the area, especially with the plastic (non-stick) gauze pads. Light and air kill the fungus. If you have to, wear a clean white cotton cloth over the area (long sleeve t-shirts for torso or arms).
  6. To prevent reoccurrence, wash your hair and body with Selsun Blue shampoo immediately after wrestling. Do not wait until the next morning. Wash and disinfect all your wrestling gear (including shoes, bags, kneepads), wash sheets, pillows, towels, and anything associated with the active infection. Damp places like bathrooms are the worst, so try to keep everything clean, dry, and exposed to sunlight.