morgan headgear

As a body contact sport, there is a growing concern regarding concussions in wrestling. As a rule, head to head concussions are rare, but they do occur. Concussions can also occur from inadvertent blows from knees, elbows, and throws during a wrestling scramble.

The truth of the matter, however, is that in wrestling, more abrasions and bumps occur than do concussions, but let’s face it (no pun intended), it’s the forehead-to-forehead contact that may be cause for concern.

The answer to deterring injury from head bumps has been around for years in the form of Suplay’s Morgan Gladiator Headgear. This headgear was designed for an aggressive, balls out wrestler. It’s unique design has a bump proof forehead pad and a suspension system that guarantees it will not come off in competition. We don’t promise the Morgan will prevent all concussions, but they certainly will help!

Because concussions do happen in wrestling, early diagnosis is critical, so all wrestlers should learn to recognize these telltale symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Extra sensitivity to noise or light
  • Difficulty with thinking or concentrating
  • Problems with memory
  • Irritability
  • Unusual sleep patterns

In cases of suspected concussion, a coach or other team official should take the following steps:

  • Remove the athlete from practice or competition
  • Monitor the athlete’s condition for the next several hours
  • If the athlete does not exhibit any of the above symptoms and feels fine, he may be sent home to adult supervision
  • If the athlete’s condition worsens, he should be transported to a hospital for a thorough examination from a qualified medical practitioner
  • Restrict all physical activity until cleared by a doctor
  • Follow all recovery guidelines to the letter

A concussion is a very serious injury that could lead to permanent brain damage if not handled appropriately. Learning to recognize the symptoms and seeking medical attention in a timely manner are the keys to effective treatment, so keep the above guidelines in mind. Even better, take a positive step towards concussion prevention: Morgan Gladiator Headgear can help. They are guaranteed (to the original purchaser) for life – if parts wear out, they are replaced free of charge, excluding shipping and handling. Ask a Morgan Wrestler…he’s the one with no bumps on his head, and medals on his gear bag!