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Health Information For Teens
Wrestlers compete one-on-one to see who’s stronger and quicker. So when the action starts, injuries can happen. To keep things as safe as possible, follow these tips.
To reduce the risk of injuries, be sure to have the right safety gear, including:
Headgear. At the middle school, high school, and college levels, headgear is required for all wrestlers. Headgear is sometimes called “ear guards” because it has padded shells that go over the ears to help prevent ear and head injuries. Headgear should fit correctly and all the straps should be secure.
Kneepads. Some wrestlers wear kneepads on one or both knees. A knee hitting the mat over and over again can cause swelling. Padded kneepads can help prevent that. Another type of kneepad, called a shooting sleeve, has less padding and is designed to help knees slide across the mat to help prevent mat burns.
Shoes. Wrestling shoes are light and flexible, but they should still provide ankle support and traction on the mat. Be sure to get ones that fit correctly and keep them tied securely with the laces tucked in.
Mouthguards. Mouthguards are a low-cost way to protect the teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue. In many school districts, mouthguards are required for wrestlers who have braces.
Athletic support. Guys should wear an athletic supporter and girls should wear a good sports bra while wrestling.
Before starting a training program, all wrestlers need a sports physical. The health care provider can make sure there are no health issues and talk about sports safety. Most schools won’t let athletes participate unless they’ve had a sports physical within the past year.
To prevent injuries during training, it helps to:
Wrestlers who are trying to gain or lose weight should work with a coach, athletic trainer, or nutritionist to do it safely. It is never safe for someone to starve themselves, exercise to the extreme, take weight-loss pills, or get dehydrated on purpose.
Other safety tips:
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
You’ve prepared for the game in almost every way possible: but now what should you eat? Read about performance foods, nutritional supplements, and more.
Many people think of guys as being carefree when it comes to appearance. But guys spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. And some worry just as much as girls do about their looks.
Is working out with weights safe for teens? The best way to build muscle tone and definition is to combine aerobic and flexibility exercises with the right kind of strength training.
Bursitis, an irritation of the small fluid sacs that provide cushioning in some joints, is often caused by sports-related injuries or repeated use of a particular joint.
Healthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
This site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries.
Just as professional sports stars need medical care to keep them playing their best, so do student athletes. That’s why it’s important to get a sports physical.
Sports supplements are products used to enhance athletic performance. Lots of people who want to improve their performance have questions about how supplements work and whether they’re safe.
Some people define good sportsmanship as treating the people that you play with and against as you’d like to be treated yourself. Learn more about what good sportsmanship is all about.
Find out what the experts have to say.
How can you get ready to play your best season ever? Read these tips for teen athletes.
Visit our nutrition and fitness center for teens to get information and advice on food, exercise, and sports.
Bob Bowman coaches Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. He shares his thoughts on improving sports performance in this article for teens.
Dehydration is when the amount of water in the body has dropped too low. Read about what causes dehydration, what it does to your body, and how to prevent it.
How can you tell if you have a concussion? What should you do? And what’s going to happen with sports and school? The facts are all on this site for teens.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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