Will Wrestling Headgear Prevent Concussions

I was recently asked what is the best headgear to prevent concussions?  I was a little surprised to hear someone ask me that question.  The answer is that headgear for wrestling will not prevent concussions.  I’m positive that there are other people that are unfamiliar with that question and will benefit from this post.  Today, I would like to talk about the function and purpose of wrestling headgear.

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Wrestle without Damaging Ears

The sole purpose of wrestling headgear is to prevent cauliflower ear when two wrestlers are wrestling each other.  If you have every seen anyone with gnarly cauliflower ear, you would know why most wrestlers will wear headgear.  While the headgear is hard enough to protect the ears, it is also has a soft outside to prevent an opponent from getting injured.

How to Prevent Concussions in Wrestling

I hate to tell you this, but there isn’t much you can do to prevent concussions.  When you wrestle, the main protection a wrestler has on the mat is the referee.  You can only hope that the referee is paying attention and preventing situations where a wrestler won’t get thrown on his head.  Even then, there are times where a wrestler can land on their head and get a concussion.

Another layer of protection comes from years of wrestling.  Most wrestlers have been thrown to the mat so many times that they have instinctively learned how to land without getting hurt.

What are Your Thoughts?

I hope you enjoyed the article.  Thousands(may be hundreds of thousands) of wrestling matches occur each year without injury to either wrestler.  Having said that, wrestling is a contact sport and injuries are part of this sport.  Do you have any comments for feedback?  We would love to hear from you. post a comment at the end of this article and share your thoughts.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!


Wrestlers can Avoid Cauliflower Ear with Headgear

Wrestling headgear can prevent cauliflower ear.  I see wrestler ranging from junior high to college who have cauliflower ear.  Cauliflower can easily be prevented but, there are a lot of wrestlers who don’t wear their wrestling headgear like they should.  It’s almost like wrestlers want cauliflower ear.  Let’s talk about cauliflower ear and how wrestlers can avoid it.

Prevent Cauliflower Ear with Headgear

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What is Cauliflower ear?

Cauliflower ear happens when you ear gets bruised and the cartilage is torn. As with any bruise you body send blood to the bruise to help it heal faster.  On any other part of your body, the blood is washed out by a continuing flow of blood.  The difference with your ears that is once the blood flows to the ear, it doesn’t go away without treatment.  The reason is it called cauliflower ear is you ear resembles a cauliflower.

How to Treat Cauliflower Ear

Once the ear is bruised, it needs to be drained immediately.  Depending on how bad you bruise your ear, it may need to be drained multiple times.  If the ear is treated quickly, you can minimize any deformations of the ear.  If left untreated, you can guarantee that you will get cauliflower ear have it for the rest of your life.  There are many videos on youtube on how to treat cauliflower ear, but I recommend that you go see a doctor.

How to Prevent Cauliflower Ear

The easiest way for a wrestler to prevent cauliflower ear is to wear good fitting headgear.  This means you need to wear the headgear for every match as well as any time you are live wrestling in practice.  You can usually find headgear at most sports good stores.  There are numerous brands that do an excellent job of protecting the ear.

Having Cauliflower Ear Hurts

You do not want to get cauliflower ear.  It is extremely painful.  Take my advice and wear headgear every time you wrestle.  If you have any comments, feel free to post at the end of this post.  I hope you enjoyed the article and have a great day!