Skin infections are a growing concern in the wrestling community. It’s important that everyone involved—from coaches and athletic trainers to athletes and parents—are aware of the different types of infections, the implications, and what can be done to manage them.

Important Facts

  • According to the NCAA Injury Surveillance System data collected over 16 years, skin infection was the most commonly reported time-loss condition in collegiate wrestling practice, accounting for more than 17% of reported conditions.1
  • Highly contagious, most infections are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. They can also be transmitted through sneezing or coughing, inanimate objects, or open wounds that haven’t been cared for properly.
  • Skin infections are preventable with proper hygiene and protection.

Prevention Is Key
There are several measures you can take to help prevent skin infections and the spread of them:

  • Good hygiene among athletes—this includes keeping the body clean as well as washing clothes after practice.
  • Discouraging the sharing of things like towels, uniforms, shoes, and headgear.
  • Disinfecting mats and equipment before and after use.
  • Keeping wrestling areas clean and allowing for good air flow.
  • Theraworx skin defense protocol—applying our non-toxic, no-rinse solution before and after practices and meets gives your wrestlers the skin protection they need. To place an order, contact Stan Payne at [email protected].

Catch Them Early
Despite the best of prevention efforts, skin infections may still happen. The good news is, now you know the common types of infections affecting wrestlers and what to look for. At the first sign of infection, encourage your athletes and their parents to seek treatment immediately. This can make all the difference when it comes to your athletes’ health, individual success, and team success.


  1. Dick R, Agel J, Marshall SW. National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System Commentaries: Introduction and Methods. Journal of Athletic Training. 2007;42(2):173-182.