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    He is going to continue to wrestle, I told him not to stop doing what he loves because of an ignorant decision. I told him he would have to stop about everything in the real world if he did that lol. He will representing Team KY in Illinois this year in April. I'm proud of him
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenandpurple View Post
    He is going to continue to wrestle, I told him not to stop doing what he loves because of an ignorant decision. I told him he would have to stop about everything in the real world if he did that lol. He will representing Team KY in Illinois this year in April. I'm proud of him

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    Just out of curiosity...are ringworms a big deal in wrestling?

    How old is the kid? What year in school?

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    He is an 8th grader. You can get held out of a tournament for ringworm if you don't have a skin release form from a Dr. There is always a bunch of kids with notes at each tournament.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    Just out of curiosity...are ringworms a big deal in wrestling?

    How old is the kid? What year in school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    Just out of curiosity...are ringworms a big deal in wrestling?

    How old is the kid? What year in school?
    Yes. Almost every tourney, a kid is prevented from wrestling by officials after skin checks, usually due to ringworm (but I've seen MRSA, impetigo and other infections cause disqualifications too) While not a serious condition, ringworm is highly contagious, and can be problematic if you get it on the scalp (it's harder to treat and can scarring and bald patches). Worst case scenario, it could lead to a secondary infection. Best case, it's a nuisance ...still you wouldn't want your kid knowingly exposed to it. There were several kids that were prevented from wrestling in the middle school state tourney this year due to ringworm, and it happens every year. And I've seen more than a few instances where the KHSAA skin form was overruled by officials.

    If you wrestle, at some point in time, you'll likely get ringworm. That being said, once detected, it's usually easy to treat (but not always, as come cases do not respond well to the usual topical ointments). Covering it doesn't prevent the spread of it, so if it's determined to be an active infection, the ref's normally err on the side of caution and not allow that wrestler to compete. It's a tough spot for ref's to be in. Nobody wants to keep a kid off the mat, but you also don't want other kids exposed to possibly contracting a skin condition, no matter how minor. All ref's do have to complete training on the recognition of an active ringworm (and other skin) infections. Some ref's are very diligent and disqualify kids for tiny spots...others are more lenient. Couple that with the fact that most athletic trainers, while they are considered medical professionals, often have very little (if any) experience with skin conditions, and it's easy to see why this can be a sore subject. Without having a dermatologist or MD onsite (which for the most part isn't feasible), this is an issue that will probably continue to keep popping up.

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    I know of 1 kid at State this year that was disqualified for Ringworm, he had a note, but an On-Site Medical Professional overruled the note. I have never heard of an official overruling a Medical Skin note and or a Trainer??? There is no reason for them to do so? They are not more qualified than a Dr or an On-site Medical Professional. This is a very sore subject for me and for my son, but we have moved on and we hope it doesn't happen to any other wrestler.

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