Jiujitsu is a contact-heavy sport. It involves participants grappling and wrestling with each other. In the process of grappling with our respective training partners, we often sweat a lot, get dirty, and at the end of the day, we can smell pretty rancid. Having good hygiene is very important in life. It prevents us from getting various kinds of infections and diseases. In the case of jiujitsu, the most common things that we can get from not having good hygiene are staph infections or ringworms. Getting one of these two things can keep you away from rolling on the mats or participating in tournaments.
In the simplest terms, staph is a special form of bacteria that is part of our ecosystem, namely our skin and noses. If something were to happen to the skin, like a scratch as an example, an infection can occur where if it’s left untreated, it could grow worse in our bodies and spread to other people. Ringworms function in a similar manner, where it can be found from sharing articles of clothing or gym equipment.
The good news is, having good hygiene prevents us from getting staph or ringworm. Here are the four tips that should be followed so that you can keep rolling on a consistent basis with little downtime:
• Come to class fully showered, and with clean clothes: This is especially important for students that may be rolling multiple times in the same day. Bring extra articles of clothing with you for each class if you plan on rolling more than one class a day. Have your clothes washed on a daily basis before and after class as well.
• Trim your nails: Keeping those nails short is a must. Having medium to long-length nails make it easy to scratch both yourself and your partner when rolling. I would recommend cutting your nails at least once or twice a week to keep them short.
• If you have any wounds or broken skin, keep them bandaged/wrapped: Scratches/bumps/warts are inevitable whether we roll or do other activities. To stay on the safe side, wrap those problem spots with medical tape or bandaging material.
• When stepping off the mats, wear your shoes: Any ground floor that is not the mat is full of kinds of things, and it is often that particular type of floor surface that has the most amount of dirt. While the mats are always cleaned, putting any type of ground dirt on the mat makes the cleaning moot and increases our chances of skin infection. If you need to use the bathroom or head outside to deal with personal business, always put your shoes on.
Following these tips will help keep you rolling on the mats as long as possible, especially for getting the extra training time for that tournament. Have a safe roll guys and gals!