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  1. Why learn Freestyle/Greco wrestling….
    · These are the styles used in the Olympics and international competition. If you want to compete beyond HS/College, you will have to be good at this type of wrestling.
    · Many NCAA champions (Kyle Dake, David Taylor & Logan Stieber to name just a few) have all had Greco-Roman experience and success.
    · 77% of all IHSA AA State Champions from the last 5 years participated in USA Wrestling’s Cadet or Junior Freestyle Nationals during their high school career.
    · Many of the VA & TN State Champions you will face during the season train Freestyle/Greco in the Spring. Daryl Weber, former coach of Christiansburg & father of 45 State Champions says EVERY one of his State Champs wrestled Freestyle or Greco-Roman during the spring season.

    Don’t be concerned that Folkstyle/Greco Roman wrestling is too different than what you know. The fact is nearly all of what you learn w/Coach Kemmerer will translate into more maneuvers and wins on the Folkstyle mat. Another important fact to acknowledge is no one in our area teaches this material. This spring session is a great way to expand your wrestling arsenal with moves nobody else knows, giving you a definite edge. If you want to surprise your opponents next season, learn Folkstyle & Greco wrestling w/Coach Kemmerer this spring. This information is brought to you by Highlandsfightgear.com, your premier source for wrestling shoes, kneepads, hygiene products or any other wrestling gear you could ever want or need.

  2. If you want to get bigger and stronger for wrestling, body weight exercises like pull-ups and push-ups will only get you so far. To make a real difference, you have to lift weights! However there’s a lot more to it than just getting a stronger bench press. If you lift weights incorrectly, it will not be effective. With improper technique you can easily get hurt and then you won’t be able to wrestle. With an unbalanced program, you can also easily over train and actually make negative progress! This is why if you want to get bigger and stronger for wrestling, training with the HWC this spring is the best thing you could do. Our weight lifting program is perfectly balanced and designed to not only make you bigger but stronger for wrestling as well. Highland’s Spring Season Training program includes specific weight lifting focused on building functional power and explosiveness as you will need it on the mat. We attack strength training from two angles... 1. A progressive overload system with exercises performed to raise up core strength, grip strength and overall body strength, and 2. A strength/conditioning program designed to build power and explosiveness for certain wrestling maneuvers and positions you will get into during a match. After this program, you will surprise your opponents with not only a bigger, more muscular physique, but also a more dominant performance on the mat! The HWC Spring Training Program is sponsored by www.highlandsfightgear.com, Highland’s premier source for wrestling singlets, shoes, gear and apparel.

  3. After a long wrestling season, it’s smart to take a little time off to rest and replenish both physically and mentally. However too long of a break and you will quickly get behind your opponents who are hungrier than you. If you want to be good enough to win a state tournament or get a college scholarship, you must do what the top wrestlers do. This means training all year round and taking as few breaks as possible. The top guys don’t play baseball or football, they only train wrestling and they do it all year with as few breaks as possible. It’s an easy equation; if you wrestle a lot more than your opponents, you will eventually surpass the skills of many. By the end of the season, if you’re feeling burned out mentally and/or physically then by all means, time off is in order. However remember the kids who beat you this year and keep them in the back of your mind while you’re resting. Realize that they are most likely continuing to train and getting better while you are not. If you want to be in the top three spots at every tournament you compete in, then take as little time off as possible and get right back into it. While this level of commitment is not for everyone, it’s a definite reality if you want to be a top wrestler. This training information is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, HWC’s premier source for the best wrestling gear and fight apparel.

  4. If you find yourself weighing in light for your weight class, the coach might recommend you to gain weight. Unfortunately, gaining weight during the season will only be water weight and you will still be a smaller athlete in the weight class. If you want to be a bigger athlete, you must gain quality muscle so you are actually bigger compared with other similar size athletes. While you can eat more during the season and produce a heavier scale weight, without eating and training a certain way, you will not put on muscle and the larger scale weight is only the weight of food you’ve put in your stomach and water weight. Putting on good quality muscle requires lifting weights and eating excess calories to provide the body with extra building blocks it can use to produce more mass. Logistically, this can only be done in the off season while there’s time to focus on this. During the season, it’s impossible to gain good muscular size when you’re always having to stay at the same bodyweight (and eating sparingly to do this). It’s also nearly impossible to get bigger during the season while you are wrestling for several hours nearly every day as this burns an incredible amount of calories and leaves nothing left for building. If you want to wrestle the next weight class up, spend some time in the weight room and eat to grow during the off season. Use the season to cut off the bodyfat, focus on wrestling and strategies you need to win. This training tip is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, HWC’s premier source for wrestling shorts, apparel and all the gear you need to compete and train.

  5. In many cases, the wrestler with a greater intensity tends to overwhelm his opponent who can't seem to match the same level. Just like all of your wrestling techniques, you can improve and learn to increase your intensity with practice. Being able to turn on a high level of intenisty at will is a powerful skill you must try to develop if you want to be a great wrestler. At some tournaments, you will need to be able to turn your intenisty level on and off 5-6 times/day! Only much diligent practice and hard conditioning will give you the stamina to do this like you will need during a tournament. Develop your intensity levels (and your ability to summon them at will) during wrestling practice. You can do this by always going as hard as possible in training. Unless the coach tells you to drill at a certain level (like 40% for ex.), then you should strive to constantly push the envelope as hard and fast as possible. Stop training less than what you can because you're trying to keep some reserves for the rest of practice! Come at your partner like you're trying to kill him and it will make you both better. Leave every practice with absolutely nothing left in your tank and you will be well prepared for combat. Make total exhaustion your goal from each time you enter the training room.

  6. In weightlifting, it pays to train with partners who are more advanced than you. This can help you learn better technique and forces you to step up your game. It also lets you see how much more intensely people who are stronger than you train. This is also the same in wretling. It's extremely important to not just compete in tournaments, but go to big tournaments. Don't sell yourself short and skip the big meets because you're not good enought yet. It's important to attend advanced tournaments and training camps to watch how really good wrestlers battle and the higher intensity level they bring to the mat. If you want to be as good as the best wrestlers, you will have to match their intenisty level and training methods. If you never see this, you will be in for a big surpurise at your first big tournament. Not only are big meets important, but attending as many as possible before high school is a smart strategy. The greater intensity of high school wrestling is often a shock to many freshmen who are unfamiliar with the faster pace at this level. Getting accustomed to this as early as possible in K-8 will make for an easier transition into the big leagues. This training tip is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, HWC's premier source for all wrestling gear, including shoes, headgear, awesome sublimated wrestling singlets and hygiene products.

  7. If you want to rev up your season this year, join the HWC pre-season training program. We have a killer system that addresses all aspects of improving your game. Our program is a unique combination of strength training, high intensity wrestling and innovative conditioning to produce an athlete that’s faster, bigger and more technical on the mat. The HWC pre-season training program is broken into three phases leading up to the start of the season. The first phase focuses on absolute power for muscular size and strength. As we get closer to the season, our program switches to a second phase focusing on strength endurance to build a type of toughness and hardening for the body. Examples of this type of training include exercises taken from crossfit, strongman events, powerlifting and mma conditioning. The last 4-5 weeks of our program leading up to the season we focus on developing/honing explosive speed, agility and cardio so your lungs are far ahead of everyone else’s when the season starts. Scheduling consists of wrestling specific weight lifting on Mondays and Wednesdays and wrestling on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays are special strength conditioning days on the wrestling mat to put it all together. While all this is going on, we’re preparing for several qualifying tournaments and the Super 32, one of the biggest meets in the country. If you want to get bigger, faster, stronger and hone your skills to black belt level before the season even starts, join the HWC pre-season training program! It only costs $149, a huge bargain price for the amount you will learn and much better you will get. Get completely equipped for your pre-season program by shopping at www.highlandsfightgear.com, HWC’s premier source for wrestling shoes, singlets, headgear and hygiene products.

  8. As you go through school and the body is still growing, it’s normal to have to move up weight classes each year.  Invariably, you’ll be facing larger boys the further you get in school.  If you’re nervous about facing larger, stronger opponents, then weight lifting is in order.  The problem is there is no time or energy to do this during the season as all efforts must go toward wrestling.  If you want to add muscle to your frame for wrestling, the best time to do this is in the off season and pre-season months.  Keep in mind building muscle takes dedication to a rigorous training schedule that must be consistent for months.  While performing weight lifting at least 3-4 times a week, it’s also important to keep on the wrestling mat at least twice a week to continue to improve your skills and keep in condition.  For the best carry over to the mat, make sure your weight lifting program is balanced and put together specifically for wrestlers.  Weight lifting programs that are performed haphazardly or without a proper coach can quickly lead to overtraining and even injury.  If you’re looking to get bigger, faster and stronger for next season, join the Highlands Wrestling Club for our pre-season training program.  We have an awesome system of sports specific weight training combined with wrestling practice that’s nearly guaranteed to improve both your athletic performance and wrestling skills.  This training tip is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, your premier source of wrestling gear, fight shorts and awesome apparel for training in.

  9. For most people, the grind of hard training keeps them from wanting to go to the gym and stick with a program. This keeps most people from ever really reaching their full physical potential; most people are ‘under trained’. However there is a much smaller segment of the population who are ride the line of the other extreme – exercising too much. In our small area, there is a limited amount of people who are interested in being top wrestlers. This means there aren’t always opportunities to train or partners to practice with whenever you want. When you have the chance to train or compete, you’d better take it because you might not get another chance later. Sometimes these opportunities hit all at the same time and we end up crossing the line into overtraining. Overtraining is dangerous for athletes because it causes them to lose progress, making them sick or even injured. Symptoms of overtraining include fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, slower recovery time and frequent nagging injuries. If you can recognize overtraining in its early stages, the remedy is easy; a few days off usually does the trick. Most athletes (and coaches) who are not savvy with recognizing this problem often end up getting injured and suffering significant down time. A good coach who knows how hard you train and is familiar with your schedule will be able to head this problem off ahead of time by planning for down time or including breaks within your training program. Beware of ‘old school’ coaches with a tough guy army sergeant attitude that thinks everyone is a wimp and should push through pain at all times. There’s more to coaching than just pushing. As one step further, here is some information and links on the subject of exercise addiction…
    ‘We’re always being told how good exercise is for us, which is why, when someone claims to be suffering from exercise addiction, it’s often not taken seriously or considered a ‘positive’ addiction. However, too much exercise can negatively affect both our bodies and minds, causing more harm than good. Exercise addiction occurs when an individual gets addicted to the feeling that exercise gives them. Exercise not only directly triggers the release of endorphins, it also improves our physique and outlook on life, giving us achievable goals and providing us with visible progress. These feelings can combine and make working out addictive; this is where exercise overtakes every aspect of your life and starts to impact on relationships with others. It’s often linked to eating disorders because of its obsessive nature and ability to burn calories. This is how exercise addiction can affect our mental state because it takes over your thoughts and becomes a compulsion; if you don’t work out, don’t exercise enough or don’t exercise to your high standards, you feel incredibly anxious and begin to panic. You may also feel as if something bad may happen if you don’t exercise. For more on the signs of exercise addiction, visit this article.’
    This training information is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, the HWC’s premier source for wrestling shoes, kneepads, singlets and wrestling headgear.


  10. If you haven’t wrestled much after the season ended because you were in other sports or just took a break, pick up your training again several weeks before going to camp. Most camps require that you show up in shape, and if you're not, you're going to have a rough camp. You’ll get much more out of camp if you show up in shape. Here’s how you do it. At least 3 weeks prior to your camp, get back in the wrestling room twice/week until camp starts. At 3 weeks out, start improving your cardio shape as well with sessions of running, interval training, sprints, etc. At week 3, do two cardio sessions at 30 min. each. At week 2, do one 30 min. session and two 40 min. sessions. For the week right before the camp (week 1), do one 40 min. session and two 45 min. sessions of cardio.
    Here’s an example..
    3 weeks out from camp
    Monday – Cardio 30 min.
    Tuesday - Wrestling
    Wednesday – Off (Weights?)
    Thursday - Wrestling
    Friday – Cardio 30 min.
    Saturday - Off
    Sunday – Off (Weights?)
     
    2 weeks out from camp
    Monday – Cardio 30 min.
    Tuesday - Wrestling
    Wednesday – Cardio 40 min. (Weights?)
    Thursday - Wrestling
    Friday – Cardio 40 min.
    Saturday - Off
    Sunday – Off (Weights?)
     
    Week before camp
    Monday – Cardio 40 min.
    Tuesday - Wrestling
    Wednesday – Cardio 45 min. (Weights?)
    Thursday - Wrestling
    Friday – Cardio 45 min.
    Saturday - Off
    Sunday – Off
    Camp
     
    Don’t forget weight training either. In case you train with weights as well, this is also added into the above schedule to see the best times for incorporating this. This training information is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, HWC's premier source for wrestling gear supplies and apparel.


  11. Each time you train in the gym, whether it’s weights or on the mat, you have a certain period of time while you’re in there to get us much work as possible done and get the most out of it. If you can get more out of each session, your progress and growth will be much faster. Out of 10 training sessions, if your competitors have all 10 out of 10 as extremely productive and pushed to the limit, they will beat you if you only had 6 out of 10. If you want to be far ahead of your competitors, strive to get much more out of each training session; train like it was your last every time you show up. The best way of doing this is to train for your training sessions. This means doing certain things (in and outside the gym) that will allow you to be more recovered, more ready and fresher for your next training session. Proper rest and correct nutrition are essential for the fastest recovery times. If you can heal/recover faster than your opponents, you can ultimately train harder and more often than them. Adding rehabilitative measures into your training system is extremely smart and will keep you training longer and healthier. This means including days off, lighter training days and workouts specifically designed for recovery into your program. Body work such as massage/deep tissue and ice/heat baths can also aid in faster recovery times. Regular chiropractic care is must to keep you free of pinched nerves, pain and muscular imbalances; these problems are common to all athletes and if you’re not under chiropractic care as an athlete, you’re FAR behind everyone else. Finally, prepare mentally for each training session you attend. Whether this means requires some regular thought all day, a few minutes of meditating right beforehand or simply listening to your favorite tunes in the car on the way to the gym, take some time to get your mind ready so you have better focus for your training session. This training advice is brought to by www.highlandsfightgear.com; HWC’s premier source for wrestling equipment, fight shorts and awesome combat apparel.

  12. When developing as a wrestler it’s important you strive for a balance in both your physical conditioning and technique. An example of this can be seen in an athlete who’s out of balance physically; he has much muscular strength but he’s too slow and getting beat by wrestlers who move faster. The answer is to add extra training to develop more speed and explosiveness; this will fix the weakness in his system. Your wrestling technique should be viewed in the same manner. The best strategy is to have certain ‘go to’ moves to cover all aspects of your game. You should have a favorite takedown, pinning combination and an escape that you’re confident with and well-practiced in. Most athletes however shy away from their weaknesses rather than attack them, often spending the most time on the things they’re already good at. This is because it’s easier to get better at the moves you’re already proficient in than it is to work on things that take you out of your comfort zone; taking the path of least resistance is just human nature. You have to be brutally honest with yourself when evaluating your strengths and weaknesses to really seek out where you need work. A good coach who can evaluate the weaknesses in your game is invaluable in helping you mold a training program to keep you continually getting better. If you want to reach the next level in your wrestling skills, work on areas you know are weak and ask your coach to help find more. Then practice them until they’re second nature and show definite improvement. This training tip is brought to by www.highlandsfightgear.com, your premier source for the best wrestling shoes, kneepads, headgear and apparel all for sale at discount prices.

  13. The best coaches in wrestling (or any other sport) have an ability to cater to the individual athlete’s needs. It’s important for a coach to be able to connect with a student on a mental and emotional level for communication to be most effective. A coach that connects with the players of his team is able to keep them inspired and motivated to keep getting better, even through the toughest training. While a coach should be tough so whining isn’t allowed to creep in and change what happens during practice, he should also be willing to switch gears at the right time to cater to an athlete who needs rest, is over-trained or gets hurt. The best coaches are able to evaluate their students on a continual basis to help determine their strengths and weaknesses. A coach who really understands training is then able to cater a training program to individual athletes to help target and improve their weaknesses. At Highlands Wrestling Club, we are extremely lucky to have the coaches that we do. While they are still considered young, all our coaches are wise beyond their years and excellent teachers, motivators and mentors. If you’ve participated in other sports over the years and had a chance to be coached by others, you will notice few have the skills and patience that ours do. If you love the coaching you get at HWC, support our coaches and club by donating your time and money so we can continue to encourage them to stay with our program and make it grow bigger and better! This information is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, the main source of wrestling equipment, apparel and training supplies for Highlands Wrestling Club.

  14. Compared to other sports, wrestlers keep some of the busiest training schedules you will find. A wrestler’s first priority is getting to practice and maximizing his time on the mat. You can develop most attributes you will need to be very successful in wrestling by just going to practice (and having a good coach who understands training). You can go a long way in wrestling with speed, agility and great technique. When an athlete wants to excel further in certain areas, he may need specialized work outside of the wrestling room; the challenge is finding time to do this without distracting from your primary training. When it comes to strength, you don’t have to become the World’s Strongest Man to make difference on the mat. If you have limited time, choose your strength training wisely, only training certain areas of the body that will make the greatest difference in your sport. If you want to be a better, stronger wrestler but don’t care about improving your bench press, focus on two areas… your grip and your core. Improving the strength of your grip will make an immediate, noticeable difference on the mat, not to mention raise up the overall strength of the entire body without focusing on anything else (but grip). Strengthening your core includes development of the lower back, abdominals, obliques, hips and glutes. These muscles will not only protect you from injury but give you immediate explosive power for mat returns, takedowns, escapes and arching out of certain pins. This training information is sponsored by www.highlandsfightgear.com, the best place to get all your wrestling gear and training supplies.

  15. In the springtime after wrestling season is over, you have an important decision to make… do you want to be a wrestler who’s always in the top 3 or are you OK with hit and miss placements and being a wrestler who’s just ‘pretty good’? While many athletes who wrestle desert the sport after the season to play baseball or take some time off, the best guys continue to grind. Sure you can take a week or two off if you’re feeling burned out after a hard season. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a couple weeks to let the mind and body rest so you can start your training back fresh and excited to get after it again. But if you think you can get as good as the guys who win titles and top 3 placements at big meets by playing other sports or resting until the season rolls around again, you’re sadly mistaken. There’s no question about what the wrestlers who win state titles are dedicated to. These athletes do not play baseball in the springtime, nor do they play football in the fall, they only wrestle. When the season is over, they continue to wrestle several times/week as well as attend wrestling camps, compete in open tournaments and even travel to train with other tough guys at different gyms. When you wrestle in the spring and summer, not only do you get more practice but you will also get better from having better training partners. As most of the ‘season only’ wrestlers have dropped out until next November, only the wrestlers who are truly committed to the sport continue in the spring and these are the ones you will train with off season. This training tip is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, the best place to buy wrestling shoes and all your supplies at discount prices.

  16. It’s common for new wrestlers to lose their cool on the mat. We’ve all seen a young wrestler acting poorly after losing at a tournament; throwing a fit in the corner and then hopefully getting disciplined by his dad or coach. You never see this kind of behavior in top 3 placement athletes. It doesn’t mean these wresters didn’t start out this way, but the fact is somewhere down the road, they learned how to control their emotions. Controlling your emotions on the mat is one of the most important life lessons you can learn in the sport of wrestling. Being able to control yourself in a situation that would normally make your blood boil will make you an extremely powerful person. You will use this skill many times in your life and it will nearly always allow you to either come out on top or help distinguish yourself as a person with integrity and intelligence. The intelligent person analyzes first, then reacts, however in most people this is a learned skill. It’s natural to react first, however this is what people do when they have no (or very little) self control. Wrestling is excellent for honing this skill. This information is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, where you can get the best wrestling gear and awesome, comfortable workout clothes for discount prices all year long.

  17. Many wrestlers use bodyweight exercises like push-ups and pull-ups to get stronger and bigger. For the athlete who’s never lifted weights before, this is an excellent place to start for building up the larger muscle groups of the upper body. These exercises will also give you an introductory, new level of strength previously unrealized. Eventually however, regular push ups and pull ups will only take you so far and you will have to move on to real weights for more significant size and strength gains. To get more out of your push ups and pull ups, try adding weight to your back or hanging it from your waste. Varying your grip width will also change the exercise to hit different parts of the muscle for a more complete development and keep it fresh for the nervous system to recognize it as different. If you have to choose between push-ups and pull ups, push-ups are definitely easier to perform because they require no equipment whatsoever; you can do push-ups literally anywhere you can lie face down on the ground. In wrestling however, there is much more pulling than pushing, so pull-ups would be best choice between the two. If you can’t get to a pull-up bar on a regular basis, going through the trouble of installing one in your garage or a door frame somewhere in your house will pay dividends on the wrestling mat. For wrestlers, pull-ups should be performed at least twice/week in the off season and at least once/week till failure during the season. If you’re not doing this, you can still be a good wrestler, however keep in mind…. Many of the opponents who beat you are! This training tip is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com; the best place to get all your most important wrestling gear.

  18. During the off-season, some wrestlers choose other sports so they can stay in shape for wrestling, in an effort to be more prepared for wrestling when the season comes around again. For example a wrestler who plays soccer in the spring to improve his cardio and agility for wrestling. While the intention is good, this flawed thinking and most often has very little to no carry over to the wrestling mat. The fact is, you can get in excellent shape for soccer, football, etc. and end up having a very good level of conditioning, however when it comes time to hit the mat again in the fall, you will find you’re just as gassed as the people who are starting from scratch and did nothing during the off season. The conditioned athletes will recover sooner, however the improved cardio gained from playing soccer will go unnoticed in the wrestling room. If you want get in shape for wrestling, the best thing to do is wrestle. When it’s the off season and you want to improve your shape for the next season, the best thing to do is continue to wrestle in the off season. If you want to be ahead when wrestling season starts up again, stay on the mat over the summer and during football and you will not only be in shape when you start but your skills will have continued to improve! This training tip brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com

  19. There’s no question about how intense wrestling season is. After a long run, it’s important to take a little time off to let the mind and body refresh. Sometimes it’s hard to do this if you’re planning on competing in spring tournaments, especially if you had to make weight all season. If you want to try and gain weight so you can wrestle the next weight class, the off-season is the time to do this. It’s also important that you don’t take too much time off so you start getting stale and out of wrestling shape. When this happens it’s hard to get back into it. After the season is over, take some time off of the wrestling mat but don’t go longer than 2 weeks before you start back to practice. If you’re participating in a weight lifting program to get bigger and stronger, you should still incorporate wrestling at least once or twice a week. Plan ahead for summer tournaments and camps and plan to train for them so you’re not going into anything cold. If you have a camp coming up, pick up your wrestling practices to 3-4 days/week for at least 2-3 weeks in advance of the camp so you’re in shape and can get the most out of it. If you take time out of the wrestling room, remember… there are competitors you will face who never rest and wrestle all year round. At big tournaments, these are generally your top placed guys. If you want to compete with them you must do what they do (if not more) and this means taking very little to no time off. This information is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com.

  20. Only a wrestler understands the popular Cage Fighter T-shirt saying ‘Embrace The Grind’. Some think the ‘grind’ refers to the contact wrestlers experience when they battle, grinding their heads and bodies against each other and on the mat. This is perhaps the literal translation of the word to the outside world, but to the wrestler it means much more than this. The ‘grind’ refers to the all encompassing lifestyle this sport demands. Not only do wrestlers spend hours in the gym with extremely difficult training as often as 6-7 days/week, but this often done on low carbohydrate, low calorie diets to secure a specific weight class. Wrestling is not for everyone; in fact very few have the guts to stay with it long enough to even experience their first win on the mat. There’s a reason why some of the toughest professional fighters in the world started out as high school and college wrestlers. While the constant grind of wrestling turns many away, the athletes who prevail are a special breed who have learned to ‘embrace the grind’. These tough characters know the harder they go, the better they’ll get; they jump at any chance they get to train and work so they can continue to improve. There may be some advanced football programs that produce a few tough athletes, but they will never understand what it means to ‘embrace the grind’ until they throw away their cleats and lace up some wrestling shoes.

  21. If you start getting the first signs of swelling on your ear cartilage because you haven’t been wearing your wrestling headgear, you have to deal with this problem right away. If the swelling stays in your ear for longer than about a week, it starts to harden and may not be able to be removed easily. Most coaches think getting rid of cauliflower ear is fairly trivial and simply needs to be drained with a needle. However, before taking this advice, check the coach’s ear to see if he has permanent cauliflower ear. If he does, he’s probably not an expert about how to prevent this problem! If you speak to a medical doctor ear specialist, you will find out needle draining is a waste of your time. Once the outer portion of the cartilage gets separated and fluid is trapped underneath, the fluid will continue to reproduce until the pocket is completely sliced open by a surgeon’s blade. Draining the fluid off your ear will never fix this problem as it will refill with fluid again in a short period of time – allowing more time for the condition to become worse and harder for a medical professional to fix it. If you start getting the first signs of cauliflower ear, you have to go to an ear specialist immediately. They will do an outpatient surgery where they will use topical anesthesia, cut open the pocket, drain the fluid and put a compression bandage on the ear. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes and is done during a simple office visit. You will be out of training for at least 1 week with a cast or dental dam bandage sewn into your ear. Once more visit with your doctor a week later to remove the bandages and you will be cleared to wrestle again. If you want to avoid this trouble, wear your headgear all the time when training.

  22. You’ve worked hard cutting weight and made it; you’re even two pounds under the night before. You will weigh in the next day around 5pm. Most athletes will stop eating and drinking anything until after weighing in, however this may cause you to be weak or even dehydrate just before the match. Just not eating or drinking is not smart and will ensure you wrestle on an empty gas tank. You must ride the fine line between giving your body enough fuel to compete, however not overdoing it to push your weight over… what do you eat? The night before your dinner will be sparse, eat protein and vegetables only. Make sure to eat the correct amount of protein (this is based off your Lean Body Mass measured from a body fat analysis), however most athletes weighing between 85-150 lbs. should eat 3-4oz. protein. Drink at least 16-20oz. of water at this meal to keep the kidneys flowing and filtering fluid from the body. The next day you will hardly eat and only sip water, taking in as little as possible. The morning of the weigh in eat 1-2 boiled eggs and maybe half a banana and drink no more than ½ cup of water. For lunch eat a small handful of baby carrots and 1 sugar free jello cup with only sips of water. Eat or drink nothing else until after the weigh in. This nutritional information is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com.
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