Safety Tips: Wrestlingenteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-wrestlingSafeTips-enHD-AR1.jpgIn wrestling, injuries are bound to happen sometimes. To keep things as safe as possible, follow these tips.wrestling, wrestle, wrestles, wrestlers, wrestler, safety, sports, sports safety, safety tips, sports injuries, shoulder separation, shoulder dislocation, dislocated, patella, kneecap, prepatellar, bursitis, concussions, cauliflower ear, swollen ear06/02/201503/05/201903/05/2019Amy W. Anzilotti, MD03/04/20199753d365-2d3c-4465-82f1-4ed07203baf0https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-wrestling.html/<p>Wrestlers compete one-on-one to see who's stronger and quicker. So when the action starts, injuries can happen. To keep things as safe as possible, follow these tips.</p> <h3>Safe Wrestling Gear</h3> <p>To reduce the risk of injuries, be sure to have the right safety gear, including:</p> <p><strong>Headgear.</strong> At the middle school, high school, and college levels, headgear is required for all wrestlers. Headgear is sometimes called "ear guards" because it has padded shells that go over the ears to help prevent ear and head injuries. Headgear should fit correctly and all the straps should be secure.</p> <p><strong>Kneepads.</strong> Some wrestlers wear kneepads on one or both knees. A knee hitting the mat over and over again can cause 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.</p> <p><strong>Shoes.</strong> Wrestling shoes are light and flexible, but they should still provide ankle support and traction on the mat. Be sure to get ones that fit correctly and keep them tied securely with the laces tucked in.</p> <p><strong>Mouthguards.</strong> Mouthguards are a low-cost way to protect the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/teeth.html/">teeth</a>, lips, cheeks, and tongue. In many school districts, mouthguards are required for wrestlers who have braces.</p> <p><strong>Athletic support.</strong> Guys should wear an athletic supporter and girls should wear a good sports bra while wrestling.</p> <h3>Safe Wrestling Training</h3> <p>Before starting a training program, all wrestlers need a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-physicals.html/">sports physical</a>. The health care provider can make sure there are no health issues and talk about sports safety. Most schools won't let athletes participate unless they've had a sports physical within the past year.</p> <p>To prevent injuries during training, it helps to:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Be in good shape before starting the wrestling season.</li> <li>Always warm up and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stretching.html/">stretch</a> before practice and matches.</li> <li>Use proper technique.</li> <li>Stop training if you get hurt or feel pain. Get checked by an athletic trainer, coach, doctor, or nurse before going back to training.</li> <li>Play different sports throughout the year to prevent <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/repetitive-stress-sports.html/">overuse injuries</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Wrestlers who are trying to gain or lose weight should work with a coach, athletic trainer, or nutritionist to do it safely. It is never safe for someone to starve themselves, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/compulsive-exercise.html/">exercise to the extreme</a>, take weight-loss pills, or get <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/dehydration.html/">dehydrated</a>&nbsp;on purpose.</p> <h3>Safe Play</h3> <p>Other safety tips:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Wrestling mats should be cleaned with a disinfectant cleaner after every match or practice. This will help prevent skin infections like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/impetigo.html/">impetigo</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ringworm.html/">ringworm</a>.</li> <li>Wrestlers should know the rules of the game and follow them.</li> <li>Teams should have a first-aid kit available at all practices and matches.</li> <li>Wrestlers should stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after practices and matches.</li> </ul>Consejos de seguridad: la lucha libreLos luchadores compiten uno contra otro para ver quién es más fuerte y más rápido. Por lo tanto, cuando empieza la acción, pueden ocurrir lesiones. Para mantenerte lo más seguro posible, sigue estos consejos. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/teens/safety-wrestling-esp.html/0eb580ba-8098-40dc-a7b5-89dda2073900
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A Guide to Eating for SportsYou've prepared for the game in almost every way possible: but now what should you eat? Read about performance foods, nutritional supplements, and more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/eatnrun.html/583958da-66d4-42bc-acec-95d393a00390
A Guy's Guide to Body ImageMany people think of guys as being carefree when it comes to appearance. But guys spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. And some worry just as much as girls do about their looks.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/male-bodyimage.html/1c60a19e-cb69-4513-9d9f-df1b2d7e8045
BursitisBursitis, an irritation of the small fluid sacs that provide cushioning in some joints, is often caused by sports-related injuries or repeated use of a particular joint.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bursitis.html/35129f6a-a66c-4dce-94c1-890f6ef07812
ConcussionsHow can you tell if you have a concussion? What should you do? And what's going to happen with sports and school? The facts are all on this site for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/concussions-ctr.html/87b74e41-ff01-4392-8378-792023eadf68
Dealing With Sports InjuriesYou practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries - and how to avoid getting them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-injuries.html/e49f63c7-6ae0-446e-a953-4b458a82eaeb
DehydrationDehydration is when the amount of water in the body has dropped too low. Read about what causes dehydration, what it does to your body, and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/dehydration.html/4dbb09f6-59a5-4398-a00e-944efd28f3d3
Knee InjuriesHealthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/knee-injuries.html/0e348562-5958-4a91-96ad-c8affb5fff4f
Nutrition & Fitness CenterVisit our nutrition and fitness center for teens to get information and advice on food, exercise, and sports.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/fitness-nutrition-center.html/4e575d37-8408-47c1-bdcb-41197f1fd0eb
Sports CenterThis site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/sports-center.html/c6fa6931-7439-4e86-9613-99545f761388
Sports PhysicalsJust as professional sports stars need medical care to keep them playing their best, so do student athletes. That's why it's important to get a sports physical.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-physicals.html/ee98a07c-236a-4a5d-a10f-47ece0074f7a
Sports SupplementsSports supplements are products used to enhance athletic performance. Lots of people who want to improve their performance have questions about how supplements work and whether they're safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-supplements.html/4db8dd3c-9d27-4197-8f33-d08f51002b8f
Sports and Exercise SafetyPlaying hard doesn't have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sport-safety.html/cbffad82-3814-4cbc-8758-dd3aac78c363
SportsmanshipSome people define good sportsmanship as treating the people that you play with and against as you'd like to be treated yourself. Learn more about what good sportsmanship is all about.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sportsmanship.html/57b7368c-5430-467a-bedc-d560629d9675
Strength TrainingIs working out with weights safe for teens? The best way to build muscle tone and definition is to combine aerobic and flexibility exercises with the right kind of strength training.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/strength-training.html/3808ee7a-5dd8-463c-a07e-bb53bf3c4ce7
Will Eating Fewer Carbs Help Me Lose Weight?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/expert-weight.html/da362fa3-50f6-42fc-9f0f-9f45e3ad1a52
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