Infectious Diseases in Wrestling

IAM ATC employees only

Audience: ATC
Course Level: Beginner
Date: November 30, 2011
Check in Time: 6:30-7:00 pm
Class Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Kennedy High School, Bloomington, MN 55420

Contact Hours: 2.0

Dr. B.J. Anderson presently serves as team physician for the NCAA Division III National Champions Augsburg College wrestling team.  Since 1996 he has served as tournament physician for Freestyle wrestling at the USA Wrestling Jr/Cadet National tournament in Fargo.  Medical Advisor for MN/USA Wrestling and presently serves on the MSHSL Medical Advisory Committee and past member of the NFHS Medical Advisory Committee.
He has performed multiple clinical studies on the use of valacyclovir in controlling and preventing outbreaks of Herpes Gladiatroum in wrestlers.  Written several papers on using valacyclovir for Herpes Gladiatorum which presently serves as the landmark guideline on treating this infectious agent. 
Presently works at Boynton Health Service through the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis in primary care. 

Course description
Attendees here will develop an understanding of the types of infections seen in these unique athletes.  Wrestlers constantly combat infectious disease both on the skin and systemically.  How to deal with them requires the knowledge of how to reduce their spread in a close group of athletes and yet know the minimum length of time necessary to clear these infections and allow the athlete to return to competition ASAP.


  • Learn the risks of developing skin infections and other infectious diseases in wrestling.
  • How to perform a proper skin check
  • Diagnosis and recognition of skin infections
  • Treatment and prevention of skin infections
  • Addressing hygienic issue in the wrestling room and locker room

    6:30-7:00pm    Check in/Registration
    7:00-7:30pm    Types of infections seen in these athletes
    7:30-8:00pm    Skin checks
    8:00-9:00pm    Diagnosis, treatment and prevention 

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