If you are a wrestler, your opponent is not the only thing you have to worry about beating. You are at risk for a number of different skin conditions, including what is known as CA-MRSA, a form of staph that is resistant to most antibacterial treatments. It is primary transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, which is what happened in my case.
Wrestling is a contact sport, perhaps more than any other as you are continually coming into close contact with your opponent. It is a dangerous sport in the sense that several skin diseases can occur with the contact you find yourself a part of. These viruses include CA-MRSA, herpes, ring worm, amongst other nasty things.
Staph infection is primary passed from skin to skin contact, but can also lurk in places like sports mats, weight rooms, unwashed uniforms, towels, and locker rooms. When I was a wrestler I made sure to practice good hygiene, as the coaches always stressed it. However, some things are out of your control and there became a mini-breakout in our club’s locker room.
When I first noticed it on my body, it looked a bite from a spider, however, it quickly grew more painful and looked like a nasty boil. Luckily, it all happened at once for a few members of the squad and we were all told to get treatment as soon as possible, as the infection can be extremely dangerous if not treated properly, even requiring surgery to remove it.
Even though the strain of staph resists certain forms of antibiotics, some do end up working as a perfect remedy (as was the case with me).
Preventing CA-MRSA is something that can easily be done, especially if you don’t play any sports, or do anything where you are coming in direct skin to skin contact with another.
In sports circles, make sure locker rooms, wrestling rooms, and weight rooms are properly washed frequently. Good hygiene is a must in preventing the outbreak of staph.
From a personal perspective, you will want to wash yourself often; make sure showering after sporting events and washing your hands becomes a staple in your daily habits. Also don’t share towels or athletic clothing. Good hygiene has plenty of benefits, with the prevention of CA-MRSA being one of the main ones.
Remember, you will never want to attempt to treat the condition yourself, as that will worsen it. The condition itself is extremely dangerous if you don’t get treatment early.