British Wrestling is today launching a new section of the website aligned with our objective of ensuring the safety, health & well-being of all involved in the sport. The new Medical pages bring together medical guidance and resources for all the wrestling family, wrestlers, coaches, officials, medical staff and the general public alike.
The new pages contain all new British Wrestling Concussion Guidance and Return-To-Sport Protocols to be used by coaches, club officials, parents and wrestlers. These protocols are meant to ensure that wrestlers who suffer a minor head injury or unconsciousness are managed effectively to protect their long-term health and welfare.
Minor head injuries and knocks to the head are common, particularly in children. Following the injury, if the person is awake (conscious), and there is no deep cut or severe head damage, it is unusual for there to be any damage to the brain. However, sometimes a knock to the head can be more serious and may result in concussion and/or unconsciousness, in which case the protocols should be adhered to.
At the same time, we have today published British Wrestling’s first-ever Medical Competition Regulations. Drawn up by Chief Medical Officer Dr Saam Falahati in conjunction with experienced competition organisers, these regulations are set to establish the basic health and hygienic conditions that must be met by the competitors, and the competitions supervised, regulated, controlled, directed, or recognised by British Wrestling. The regulations recognise that the level of cover needed will vary depending on the size and level of the competition and make adjustments based on the British Wrestling competition star system.
The medical section also links directly to the anti-doping resources on the website where you can find the most up-to-date information to make sure you stay clear of any anti-doping violations. All athletes have the right to compete in wrestling knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. We believe in clean sport and work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and United World Wrestling to ensure that the integrity of our sport is protected.
British Wrestling will continue to update the Medical page with medical information to maintain the safety, health & well-being of all involved in wrestling.