Wrestling with herpes: Should a whole sport be shut down?

Contagious problem: High school wrestling in Minnesota has been shut down for eight days due to an outbreak of herpes gladiatorum among wrestlers at 19 schools across the state. Is it an overreaction to shut down all the action for such a medical problem?
Contagious problem: High school wrestling in Minnesota has been shut down for eight days due to an outbreak of herpes gladiatorum among wrestlers at 19 schools across the state. Is it an overreaction to shut down all the action for such a medical problem?
High school wrestlers in the state of Minnesota are in the midst of an eight-day break from training due to an outbreak of the herpes gladiatorum. That’s a contangious skin infection that is spread by person to person contact.

The Minnesota State High School League suspended competition for an eight-day period earlier this week after 13 schools in the state reported wrestlers suffering from the condition. As of Wednesday, in the third day of the competition layoff, four more schools reported impacted wrestlers.

And researchers have pin-pointed a 32-team tournament in Rochester as being the probable place where the wide-spread reach of herpes gladiatorum sprung from.

But there are many in the high school wrestling community who think that this state-wide shutdown on action is an over reaction to dealing with the situation.

What do you think? Did the MSHSL overact or is this a wise prevention measure?

Here are some basic facts and figures about herpes gladiatorum that might help you form your opinion:

* It causes a rash that commonly appears on the face, neck, shoulder, and arms.

* Symptoms are usually a cluster of blisters that may or may not be painful.

* To be tested for the condition, health care providers take a culture to test for the herpes virus.

* The rash usually lasts seven to 10 days. It is important that those infected do not have skin contact with any uninfected person while they have the skin rash. A health care provider may prescribe a medicine called acyclovir (Zovirax) in a pill or an ointment form to speed your recovery.

* It is important to watch for any rashes so that they don't spread them to others. In many athletic leagues, wrestlers who have rashes are not allowed to compete. It is also important to routinely clean and disinfect wrestling mats.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Muzz's picture
Muzz says:

Herpes can also be spread by sexual inter-action. Try shutting that down!
Unlike the phony bird flu scare, instances of herpes, the HIV virus, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV (human papillomavirus), syphillis and other STD's are a real and present danger to our society, affecting millions every year.

You wouldn't know it though by listening to our puppet governments and witless media -- they're too busy propagating a "war on terror".

posted on Fri, 02/02/2007 - 12:46pm
Holly's picture
Holly says:

I am actually from Minnesota, and our local high school has had several wrestlers affected. While I do believe the sport should go on, this is a serious issue. These boys are contracting herpes through this contact. I believe one wrestler spread it to 20 some other wrestlers. This is not just a few isolated cases. And it's not something that will just go away. Herpes is a virus that stays in your nerves and cannot be completely removed.

Something definitely needs to be done about this problem. They are not just shutting down wrestling temporarily for fun, and I think if they need this time to recouperate/think/neutralize on the problem. Then go for it. Just weigh the different situations. Skip a few high school wrestling tournaments, or get a disease that will stay with you for the rest of your life that you can spread to others and have to take medication for?

posted on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 1:59am
A ND Wrestler's picture
A ND Wrestler says:

I am glad they shut the wrestling program down in minnisota, Because this year we wrestle a few minnisotta teams and i contracted herpes through Canby's 215 pounder, I was slightley upset

posted on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 1:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

herpes or no could hurt u in many ways

posted on Fri, 05/04/2007 - 11:04am
Clash Guy's picture
Clash Guy says:

I just stumbled across this thread and it's absolutely one of the most ridiculous series of posts that I've ever seen. It starts with an article filled with misinformation and it followed up by comments by people clearly ignorant of the sport and the herpes virus.

First, the 32-team tournament in question was not the "source". A virus like this does not spontaneously appear because kids are wrestling. One or more wrestlers contracted it via contact prior to this event. The tournament was one place where the virus was spread to other wrestlers but there was no link between the wrestler in question and over half of the cases reported in the state.

Secondly, Herpes Gladitorum is not the sexually transmitted herpes. The wrestling herpes is the same Herpes Simplex virus that causes cold sores. If you're willing to "shut down" kissing in high school, then feel free to fire away at the sport of wrestling.

The internet is an amazingly powerful medium, but when inaccurate information is spread and confusion is propogated like this thread does, it definately does a disservice to the online community.

posted on Sun, 01/20/2008 - 10:58am
herpesfinder's picture

It may cause Herpes?

Herpes girl at STDromance.com

posted on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 9:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

when you get a physical exam will they check for herpes with blood or salava

posted on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 2:32pm
clarissea's picture
clarissea says:

Suspicion of contracting Herpes Simplex virus can be confirmed or ruled out by seeing a doctor for Herpes testing.

posted on Fri, 12/18/2009 - 1:31am
lorrie's picture
lorrie says:

Health is more important than that tournament, if I had the power of decision I would have done the same. Those wrestlers need to go through herpes treatment before passing the condition to others. It's almost like a standard procedure, it's nothing wrong with this decision.

posted on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 12:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Was it really herpes? You can get herpes from wrestling? I thought it was a sexually transmitted disease. Meaning you get it by having sex! What the heck

posted on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 5:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I tink this was a wise decision, because unlike kissing, wrestlers feel pressure from coaches and parents to wrestle (i.e. in order to attract colleges). Besides your partner, no one is placing ressures on you to kiss someone. The state was wise to relieve the pressure to wrestle from young adults that might regret putting themselves at risk later

posted on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 2:33pm

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