Unlike athletes in other sports, wrestlers often compete in conditions that expose them to dangerous microbes and harmful bacteria. The near constant contact with opponents’ sweaty bodies, singlets, and headgear can lead to irritating skin problems and other serious health hazards ranging from acne and athlete’s foot to impetigo, ringworm, and even staph infection.

The best way to protect yourself against these potential problems is to practice good hygiene on and off the mat. This begins with showering immediately after turnout and competitions with a mesh scrub and a product such as Defense Soap, which is a 100% organic liquid gel specially formulated to treat and prevent wrestling skin infections. Defense Soap is far more effective against microbes and bacteria than ordinary soaps, and can significantly lower your risk of experiencing one of the problems listed above.

Showering is only part of a hygienic routine, however. Here are some additional tips to keep in mind as the new season ramps up:

  • Wash and sanitize your singlets and towels after every use.
  • Never share your singlet, headgear, socks, or shoes with teammates, and don’t borrow these items from anyone else.
  • Prior to wrestling, be sure to wrap, bandage, or cover any existing scratches, cuts, lesions, mat burns, and other areas of broken skin.
  • Seek immediate treatment if you experience fever, chills, shortness of breath, muscle ache, extreme fatigue, headache, scaly skin, oozing sores, or other common symptoms of staph infection, ringworm, and impetigo.
  • Wrestling is dangerous enough without having to add various skin diseases to the mix. To better your chances of making it through this season—and every season—unscathed, keep your singlets and headgear to yourself, shower with Defense SoapDefense Soap, and use common sense about covering up and going to a doctor when needed.