According to researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, 97% of university, wrestling skin infections can be reduced by using soap-and-water cleansing wipes.
Dr. Anderson’s Study on Wrestler Skin Infection
A family physician, Dr. Anderson came up with a theory that if athletes were to use medicated skin wipes after each match, the number of skin infections in wrestlers could be reduced. Dr. Anderson, also a team physician for the Gopher wrestling team, studied 151 high school athletes who engaged in two-weekend tournaments in January and February (up to 5 matches per day). The athletes were asked to use a 75% isopropyl alcohol wipe, soap-and-water-based cleansing body wipe, or nothing at all.
The conclusion of the result of wrestling skin infections
The results concluded that without the skin wipe, 15.7% of all athletes developed a skin infection or a rate of 512.8 to exposure. Of the boys who were asked to use the alcohol wipes, 8.9% developed an infection. Of those who used the soap-and-water wipe, 1.8% became infected. Infections are very common during wrestling season. Athletes only shower at the end of the day; therefore pathogens transfer between the matches and remain on their skin for 10 to 12 hours. This can cause problems, especially if over time the rises of matches increase further. Over the past 30 years, the number of matches for high school wrestlers has increased by 50% to 60%. The more matches there are, the more likely athletes will develop infections.
Common Skin Infections in Wrestling