There have been recent reports of skin infections in athletes participating in contact sports such as wrestling, football, etc. These infections are usually not serious, but we need to prevent their spread.
Fact sheet on skin infections
The fact sheet provides information to athletes and their families about skin infections and what to do if you suspect you have a skin infection.
Ways to prevent skin infections in contact sports
This lists some measures that can be taken by athletic organizations to help prevent the spread of skin infections in contact sports. Click here for a printable flyer of prevention information.
(Note: if showers are not available, over the counter antiseptic skin washes might be an acceptable substitute)
Wrestling guidelines from National Federation of State High School Associations
These are federal guidelines on good wrestling practices. We appreciate NFSH's permission to post these copyrighted guidelines on our website. NFSH has a website at nfsh.org.
Information for physicians treating wrestlers with skin infections
These are from the NFSH guidelines. It provides a release form for physicians to use to permit wrestlers to return to action. It also provides recommendations for minimum treatment guidelines that physicians should follow.
For further information, contact your school or athletic sponsoring organization, your local health department, or the Utah Department of Health at (801) 538-6191.
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