Wrestling Injuries: Treatment and Prevention

May 25, 2018 at 4:55 am Ron Mullinax

Injuries from wrestling are common, but they can be prevented

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The realm of wrestling is a sport where participants in the squared circle are heavily prone to suffer serious injuries. From tearing muscles to awkward landings, many careers have been cut short because of real wrestling injuries. Perhaps the illusion of suffering and pain without participants actually trying to injure each other has made it a great sport. However, several wrestling injuries can be prevented to a great extent and treated as well. Here’s a list of the most common methods.


Strength training. The utilization of strength training can effectively lower the risk of damage because it works on rectifying imbalances to various muscle groups. It puts a dynamic load on different joints, making physiological alterations in the bones, muscles, and connective tissues, including tendons and ligaments.

Improving flexibility. Wrestling is a demanding sport where participants who are more flexible enjoy advantages over others. Being flexible can help wrestlers become successful in the squared circle. In addition, excellent flexibility improves the chances of preventing injuries from wrestling.

Adopting proper techniques. It’s important for wrestlers to adopt proper techniques accurately to reduce the chance of wrestling injuries. They should always train under the guidance of a qualified and skilled specialist in wrestling safety guidelines and current safety practices.



Shoulder injuries. Shoulder injuries occur when wrestlers throw each other on the ground. Twisting the shoulder often triggers shoulder dislocation, shoulder separation, and rotator cuff injuries. In such cases, the wrestler needs immediate medical attention and follow-up treatment later that varies from physical therapy to invasive treatments for severe injuries.

Knee injuries. Knee injuries can affect either the interior or exterior of both knee and kneecap. These injuries are known as the ACL and the PCL. These can impact a wrestler’s ability to perform in the long-term. While immediate medical attention is necessary, proper treatment and physical therapy over a longer period are equally important.

Concussions. This is one of the most common injuries in wrestling, and it does happen occasionally. A significant numbers of wrestlers suffering from concussions in the ring can be seen every year. These generally occur from head-on collisions or throws. If this happens, the wrestler should ideally stay out of the mat for some time. Not allowing a wrestler to recover from a concussion before going back to the ring may lead to further brain injury.

For muscle strains, ligament sprains, and other minor injuries and bruises suffered by wrestlers, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is often used as the first line of treatment. If used correctly within the first 24 to 48 hours after an injury, it can ease out the pain, reduce swelling, and promote flexibility.


Do you know any other common injury, how to prevention it, and how they could be treated? Feel free to share in the comments section below. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads to keep the conversation going. Check my book, Fritz Von Erich: Master of the Iron Claw, to know how wrestling’s most fabled names handled injuries.



Wrestle Club. 2018. “Common Wrestling Injuries—Treatment and Prevention Tips.” Accessed January 27, 2018.

The Staff Doctor. 2017. “5 Most Common High School Wrestling Injuries.” Affiliated Healthcare Centers, Inc, February 12. Accessed January 27, 2018.

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