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At the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, we work specifically with young athletes. Our sole focus is to help your child or teen play, excel and enjoy the sports they love, including contact sports such as wrestling.
Wrestling is one of the most popular winter high school sports among athletes we see, and we take pride in helping our patients stay healthy and active on the mat.
To best care for wrestlers, we have a special team of Sports Medicine experts who specialize in treating and preventing common wrestling injuries. We also understand the importance of safely getting your young athlete back to the mat as soon as possible.
Wrestling is an extremely physically demanding sport requiring endurance, speed and strength – no matter the age of the athlete. Athletes often wrestle in multiple matches through an entire tournament, sometimes with back-to-back matches and days, which greatly fatigues the body and increases the risk of injury.
Because wrestling is a very physically demanding sport, we see many athletes with contact injuries from high-impact throws, twists and specific dislocations. This leads to a high incidence of sprains, contusions (bruises), dislocations, fractures, concussions and even serious injury.
Given the nature of close skin-to-skin contact, there is also a very high incidence of contagious infectious skin disorders that may be passed between wrestlers if not treated properly.
The most common wrestling injuries include knee injuries, shoulder and elbow sprains, head injuries and skin infections, including:
At Children’s Colorado, we see a large variety of preventable injuries and conditions. These injuries often relate to lack of specific neuromuscular control, core strength, technique, hygiene and proper weight and hydration management.
Our Sports Medicine team is passionate about educating athletes, parents and coaches on ways to prevent some of these injuries to help keep wrestlers on the mat.
Skin infections lead to the greatest time lost from competition in wrestlers among all injuries and conditions; however, they are also the most preventable using very strict individual and team hygiene measures. These include hand washing, washing all uniforms and gear after each use with detergent and hot water, and disinfecting mats and other facility equipment daily.
Wrestlers should never share towels, soaps or razors. They should also report any skin lesion immediately and receive proper treatment prior to return to practice or competition.
Wrestling places heavy demands on the muscles, bones and cardiovascular system. These tips can help keep your young athlete safe:
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