Our mats are disinfected and cleaned before every practice session starts. However, to keep your child safe from any kind of skin infection, it is important to have your child shower immediately after practice with warm water and soap (preferably an antibacterial athlete’s soap). It is important to scrub well. If your child has an open wound, it needs to be covered before practice and competitions. Be sure that your child washes their workout gear after each practice. Bags, shoes, kneepads, and anything else used during wrestling need to be washed consistently as well.
If at any time your child breaks out with a skin condition or rash, report it to the coach and see your family doctor. On rare occasions we will have a case of a rash break out on a wrestler. These conditions can often be healed quickly with proper treatment. The most common types of skin conditions are ringworm, impetigo, boils, and cold sores. Although these conditions are often blamed on the wrestling mat, the likely case of transmission is because of improper hygiene. See the skin protection article under resources for more information.