With the warmer months of Spring and Summer upon us, and so many new students, we wanted to take the opportunity to go over good hygiene practices for BJJ! We rely on all of you to help prevent the spread of any mat cooties!
Perhaps the most important takeaway from this entire blog post:
Please, please, PLEASE! If you have ANY suspicious spots on your skin that are new and you are unsure of what they are, DO NOT TRAIN!
You must be:
If you are aware of a potential issue with your skin and you continue to train without letting Kevin or the Assistant Instructor know, you may be contagious and putting teammates at risk... No one wants to do that and certainly no one appreciates that type of sharing!
We completely understand that taking time off... Well... SUCKS. If you have to take a break from training due to illness or injury, we can pause your membership at your request! Just let us know!
At KWBJJ, the mats are sanitized multiple times every single day and are deep cleaned once a week as a baseline and more frequently as needed. We keep a tight protocol on ensuring the mats are sanitized to prevent any issues before they arise, but alas, BJJ athletes are prone to numerous skin conditions. The two most common are the annoying and unsightly ringworm... and the more serious staph infection.
Why are we all still susceptible to these things if the mats are constantly cleaned?! Well... because of the sport’s skin-on-skin contact, the frequency of scrapes/cuts/mat burns, and humid training conditions that unfortunately encourage the growth of bacteria. We can't keep distance between us when we train, so we must take the proper steps to keep ourselves- and our teammates- healthy!
In addition to practicing good personal hygiene, students and visitors to KWBJJ should:
Why does staph and ringworm always seem to spread among us?
How can I help prevent spreading ringworm or staph?
If you have staph:
If you have ringworm:
These two skin infections are the most common, but if you have any infectious- or potentially infectious- skins lesions (such as cold sores, forms of Candida [fungal infection] that affect the skin, etc. you should avoid training until you skin is COMPLETELY healed!
Thank you all for doing your best to help combat these buggers! See you on the mat!