Wrestling – Equipment
Wrestling is the low key game as far as the number of special equipment are concerned. The wrestlers compete in the area which can take the shocks of their actions. The wrestlers enter the game area hands-free.
Wrestling mat is the primary equipment required in the game. The mat is designed such that it protects the wrestlers and enforces the rules for each style. The wrestling mats come in various versions such as High-school mats, Practice mats, and International Mats.
International Regulation Wrestling Mats
The dimensions of mats must be uniformed and adhere to the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) guidelines.
Mats may not be used for more than one year
An official must approve every mat before a competition.
The thickness of mats must be between 5 and 7 centimeters with a core made of high-density, shock-absorbing foam.
The surface of the mat must be of a non-abrasive vinyl material that can easily be cleaned and prevents slipping.
Square-shaped mats must be 12 meters X 12 meters.
Octagonal-shaped mats should have a diameter of 15 meters.
Wrestling singlet is a garment of one piece that covers the torso of the wrestler. For protection of the shoulders, straps are provided over it.
Singlet is made of Lycra or Nylon. It is mandatory to wear if the wrestler is participating in tournaments. A particular team wears singlet of a single color.
Wrestling headgear is not an essential item, but it is necessary enough to wear a headgear if you are playing in a higher level match where it can get more physical. There is a single size head gear available that can fit all with adjusting straps.
Headgears are designed to protect the wrestler’s ears. Without headgears, a wrestler may suffer from “cauliflower ear” which occurs after someone gets repeated hits to the ear. Wrestlers are likely to have cauliflower ear because their ears may be hit while they’re in a match. These blows can damage the shape and structure of the outside of the ear.
The shoes need to be very soft and lightweight. This is because the wrestler needs to be feel light during the match. Unless you are playing for very long hours, this is also not a mandatory item to invest in.
Wrestling Kneepads and Mouth Guards
Kneepads are used for the protection of knees. During the shooting process most of the wrestlers get hurt on their knees, so this is an essential item.
On the other hand, mouth guards are used to protect the teeth of the wrestler during the match. These are like braces that the wrestler wears inside of his mouth.
Generally two types of bands are used in a match: red and green. One wrestler is given red band and other is given a green one. These are needed to be placed on the ankle of the wrestler.
Bands make the identification and scoring of the wrestler easier for the referee. The referee has these two types of bands with him wrapped on his wrists.