Wrestling Health & Safety Procedures
Precautions for student‐athletes to take
- Shower with soap as soon as possible after practices and competitions. If MRSA bacteria are present on your skin, you can wash them away before they have a chance to cause infection.
- Cover all wounds to help prevent infection, especially during practice and competition. If a bandage or wrapping falls off, replace it immediately.
- Get every skin wound, no matter how minor checked by your coach, parent/guardian or physician.
- Dry out your equipment and padding after each use and wash your clothes daily.
- Wash your hands often. Frequent hand washing with soap for at least 15 seconds is one of the best ways to prevent MRSA.
- Unusual or increasing pain and/or warmth
- The presence of pus or a pustule
- Increased swelling, size or redness of the wound
- Red streaks around the wound
- Fever and/or chills
Precautions for coaches to take
- Ensure that all wounds, cuts and abrasions are covered to help prevent infection, especially during practice and competition.
- Wrestling mats MUST be cleaned DAILY before and after use.
- Implement a NO‐SHARING rule.
Infection control policies & procedures checklist
- All hard environmental surfaces that may come in contact with body fluids are cleaned and sanitized daily with EPS‐approved disinfectant.
- Both sides of mats are thoroughly cleaned before and after each use for practices and meets.
- A separate mop head/bucket is used specifically for cleaning mats; mop heads and buckets are washed regularly.