In the sport of
wrestling, weight cutting typically gives the sport a black eye or bad name. A
close second is skin disorders or communicable diseases. Wrestlers with contagious
skin disorders or communicable diseases should not be permitted to compete or practice.
This is the responsibility of the parent and the coach but it ultimately falls on the official or event physician to
make the final determination.
are serious and have shut down wrestling teams and shut down wrestling state-wide. Coaches
and parents should be educated on the types of communicable diseases and it is their responsibility not to permit wrestlers
that are contagious to compete or practice and until they get the proper medical help/treatment.
This page is for
referees, coaches and parents in hopes of gaining a better understanding of this part of wrestling. The NFHS, NCAA and International Styles (USA Wrestling and FILA) prohibit a wrestler from participating
with a communicable disease.
- Skin Disorder Information
NWCA Webinar on Preventing Skin Infections
Skin Checks by T-Rex (Texas)
2010 NCAA Video on Skin Conditions
Cleaning Wrestling Mats
Cleaning Wrestling Mats to Prevent MRSA (Requires PowerPoint)
MRSA, How Does it Relate to Athletics By Coaches Quarterly
Skin Disease Information by William L. Dienst, Jr, MD; Lowell Dightman, MD; Mark S. Dworkin, MD; Robert K. Thompson, MD
Skin Disorder Slide Show by Dr. Robert A. Silverman
The Truth About Ringworm by Amatuer Wrestler.Com
Kaivac Cleaning Systems
NFHS Skin Condition Form as of April 2012 (Note: Different states may have their own form/standard; Added May 7, 2012)
NCAA Skin Disorder Form
Minnesota Cancels Wrestling Due to Herpes OutBreak, from USA Today
Schools Shuts Down after Teen Dies From MRSA Infection
Alaska High School Ringworm Breakout
Herpes Common in Wrestlers by WebMD
Wrestlers with Ringworm forced to Sit Out by WrestlingPod.com