The four most common skin conditions that occasionally appear on wrestlers are Herpetic lesions, Tinea (also known as Ringworm), Impetigo and Molluscum Contagiosum. The diseases typically manifest on shared wrestling equipment and gym mats.
Prior to this season, it was up to the coaches of both teams to determine if a wrestler showed any signs of these easily transmitted skin conditions. But now, the National Federation of State High School Associations has shifted the responsibility to the referee.
This does not sit well with the officials, as they don’t want to see it in their job duty. However, since it is now written, they’re forced to perform it. To accommodate the referees, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s medical advisory committee has tried moving the responsibility back onto the trainers. But, the switch has not been made yet.
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