Wrestling freestyle

Do you know the most common injuries in wrestling?

In wrestling, the head, shoulders, neck and knees are most vulnerable to injury.

The most common injuries usually occur from direct contact between athletes, or because of twisting forces. If an athlete has been injured once, there is an increased risk of the same injury again. This can happen because the athlete returns to training too soon.

During training sessions and competitions, situations can arise that can lead to concussions or more severe head injuries. These are easy to miss or disregard, but should be taken very seriously. Any trainer should know how to assess a concussion.

Acute neck injuries can occur from direct contact between athletes. Fortunately, not all acute neck injuries are severe.

Hematoma auris, or «cauliflower ear», is not uncommon. This is caused by repeated blows to the ear. The skin sits right over the cartilage, and a bleeding between the cartilage and the skin is not absorbed properly. For this reason, the blood must be evacuated and pressure must be applied to the area.

Common injuries

  • Concussion
  • Acute neck injury
  • Neck pain
  • Meniscus injury
  • Collateral ligament injury
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Back pain