Simple Guide to Wrestling Skin Infections

Most parents (and doctors for that matter) misdiagnose wrestling skin infections all the time. Treating the wrong infection can lead to making it worse, meaning more time off the mat or worse, hospitalization. This simple guide will help you:

  • Understand the differences between ringworm and impetigo
  • Identify all common (and not so common) skin infections that can come from wrestling
  • Know when an infection is serious enough to go to the hospital
  • Identify other types of skin conditions that often are mistaken for infections
  • Learn how to treat all common infections and when the wrestler can return to practice & competition

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Wrestling skin infection guide


Most wrestlers at some point in their career will pick up a skin infection. This could be from unclean mats, but most often it’s simply from skin to skin contact. Most of these wrestling skin infections are harmless, but some can be serious. It’s important to know the difference.

This guide will provide a simple profile of each common skin infection, along with pictures to easily identify them and ways to treat them.


  • How to diagnose skin infections
  • Common infection symptoms & treatments including:
    • Ringworm
    • Impetigo
    • Staph Infections
    • Mat Herpes
  • Identifying non-infectious skin rashes that are commonly mistaken for skin infections
  • The official NFHS doctor’s note for permission to return to competition
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