Gym Hygiene

Gym Hygiene

May 21, 2023

Training jiu-jitsu comes with the risk of exposure to various skin infections like staph and ringworm. That said there are preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of contracting these infections and ensure a safe and hygienic training environment.

Wash Your Gear

Maintaining proper hygiene starts with washing your training equipment regularly. This includes your gi, rash guard, belt, and anything else that comes into contact with your body during training. By washing these items after each session, you eliminate bacteria and prevent the growth and spread of infection-causing pathogens.

Wearing Rash Guard

Some gyms don't enforce this but it's important to wear a rash guard. Staph can be contracted from skin on skin contact. With the rash guard it will reduce the chance of it spreading from one person to another. The mats can be clean but with 35% of the population will still have staph on their skin. So really having a rash guard can protect you from skin infections.

Remove Hazards

Before stepping onto the mat, ensure you remove any potential hazards that can cause injury to yourself or your training partners. Take off all jewellery, such as earrings, rings, and nose rings, as they can scratch or cut others during contact. Additionally, keep your nails trimmed short to minimise the risk of accidental scratches or cuts that can serve as entry points for infections.

Shower After Training

After an intense training session, make it a priority to take a shower as soon as possible. During training, you exchange sweat with your training partners, creating an environment where bacteria and pathogens can thrive. By washing off the sweat and grime, you reduce the likelihood of carrying someone else's bacteria on your skin, lowering the risk of infection transmission.

Don't Train When You're Sick

It's essential to prioritise the health and well-being of yourself and your training partners. If you're feeling unwell or have a contagious illness, it's best to refrain from training until you have fully recovered. Training while sick not only puts others at risk but also weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to infections like staph if you have an open cut or wound.

Clean Cuts Properly

In the event of a cut or abrasion during training, it is crucial to clean it promptly and thoroughly. Ignoring proper wound care can lead to the development of infections like staph, which thrive in warm and moist environments. Clean the cut with mild soap and water, apply an antiseptic solution, and cover it with a sterile bandage to prevent bacteria from entering and causing further complications.

By incorporating these five preventive measures into your jiu-jitsu routine, you can significantly reduce the risk of contracting staph, ringworm, and other infections commonly associated with training. Prioritise hygiene, cleanliness, and respect for your own and others' well-being. By taking these precautions, you can create a safe and enjoyable training environment where everyone can focus on learning and improving their jiu-jitsu skills without the worry of infections.