Wrestling Headgear

Table Of Contents:

  1. What Is Wrestling Headgear?
  2. Why Is Headgear Used?
  3. Use Of Wrestling Headgear
  4. Finding The Right Headgear
  5. Where To Buy Headgear For Wrestling


What is Wrestling Headgear?

If you participate in wrestling or any type of grappling sport, headgear is a crucial component of safety. Although the name suggests otherwise, headgear protects the ears from being severely injured during a sporting event.

Wrestling headgear is also known as ear protectors or ear guards. An athlete wears the headgear using two straps that go over the top of the head and two behind the head securing it in place.

There is also a chin strap that prevents the headgear from being pulled backward during a wrestling match or other sporting event.

Why Is Headgear Used?

The whole idea of headgear is to protect the wearer from short-term or long-term injury. Wrestlers and athletes in other grappling sports go through rigorous and aggressive abuse to the extremities on their heads. For example, their earlobes risk getting ripped or torn if there is not protective covering to prevent it.

If the ears of a wrestler are not protected, they can develop a condition known as cauliflower ear. This condition can occur after the constant bashing of a wrestler’s ear. What happens is sacs of blood start to develop in the ears. These can be incredibly sensitive and painful for the wrestler and must be professionally drained by a doctor using a special procedure with a needle.

If cauliflower ear goes untreated, it can result in permanent disfiguration of the outer ears. This is because blood leakage causes separation of the cartilage from the skin. Once that happens, the region inside the ear begins to fill with blood which can harden causing cartilage to die and the resulting deformity to become permanent.

Use of Wrestling Headgear

Across virtually every high school and college wrestling program in the United States, headgear is a mandatory piece of safety equipment. In many Canadian and international Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling competitions, headgear is not required although it is permitted and often encouraged.

In high-level competitions such as World Championships or the Olympics, headgear is also permitted but not required. It is also no longer the case that an opponent can protest the use of headgear.

Finding the Right Headgear

There are numerous brands and manufacturers of wrestling headgear. Many leading makers produce high-quality headgear and the brand you go with is often a personal choice based on style, available models, safety features and cost among other variables.

Since headgear is a crucial piece of safety equipment, wrestlers should have an experienced person such as a coach or athletic director measure the circumference of their head in order to get the right size headgear. With measurements in hand, wrestlers can then browse the Internet to find a headgear retailer they like. With so many styles and manufacturers of headgear, it is often better to browse online than to visit every store that sells headgear.

Where to Buy Headgear For Wrestling & Prices

Headgear can be purchased at leading sporting goods stores or online. Buyers should be extra careful when purchasing online that they know the exact dimensions of the wearer.

The price for headgear can vary on a number of factors but most notably because of manufacturer and quality. Prices can range from 20 dollars to over 100. Most quality headgear is going to be in the 45-60 dollar range.
It’s important to also read consumer reviews on any headgear you are interested in purchasing. Reviews can be telling as to how good a headgear is and how long it will last. Getting advice from a coach, an athletic director or friends who wrestle is always a good route to go.

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