Injuries in Wrestling: The Facts

July 09, 2014


If you’re reading this, you probably have a little one (or a few little ones!) on your local youth wrestling team or a stud on the high school wrestling team. And I am sure you must have wondered at some point, “How likely is it that my precious child is going to get hurt?”

Well, worry no more! HERO Wrestling has the answers- straight out of the doctor’s mouth! 

Dr. Richard J. Meyers and his colleagues from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) estimate that there are 2.5 million wrestlers each year. They looked at emergency room visits from 173,604  wrestlers and have provided us with the data that he and his team collected.
Drum roll please… 
Roughly 96.6% (or 167,606) of the emergency visits were boys and of those 91.1% (152,704) of them were aged 7 to 17. Yikes, that’s a lot of testosterone! 
To look at how age segments compare, Dr. Meyers and his team split the groups into two categories: youth and scholastic. The youth group included wrestlers 7 to 11 years old and the scholastic group included wrestlers 12 to 17 years old. So, which group got injured more you ask? 
Based on the data, about 7 out of every 1,000 wrestlers in the youth group were injured, which is 0.7%. On the other hand, nearly 30 out of every 1,000 wrestlers in the scholastic group were injured, which is about 3%. So, even though the little ones are more fragile, the big ones are clearly rougher! But, mothers everywhere, fear not! Dr. Meyers found that over 97% of all injured wrestlers were treated and released immediately—they live to fight (or wrestle) another day! 
The types of injuries Dr. Meyers and his team found vary but 75% of them were from the waist up. Hmm… that explains why the fellas don’t wear cups in wrestling. So based on the data you can worry less about your little guy getting physically injured on the wrestling mat and focus more on preventing serious skin infections caused by bacteria.


If you haven't yet, check out our solution to skin infections in wrestling: HERO's wrestling shoe skins!

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