Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is an exhilarating martial art that tests both your skills and your body’s resilience. To ensure safe and enjoyable training, prioritize hygiene before and after BJJ sessions to prevent the spread of common infections like ringworm, staph infections, and athlete’s foot. Here is some guidance to help.
- Shower and Freshness: Begin with a thorough shower using soap and warm water to eliminate dirt and bacteria. Pay attention to sweat-prone areas.
- Trim Your Nails: Short nails reduce the risk of injury and infection transmission. Long nails can inadvertently harm training partners.
- Clean Gear: Ensure your BJJ uniform (gi), rash guards, and spats are freshly laundered. Clean clothing minimises the risk of harbouring bacteria and fungi.
- Hygiene Essentials: Carry a clean towel, hand sanitizer, and antifungal spray to the gym. These tools help maintain cleanliness during and after training.
- Check Your Body: Have a look over your body to check for potential infection in feet, toes, and skin. You should not train if you have a possible infection in order to prevent spread.
- Shower: Post-training have a shower using warm water and soap to remove sweat and potential contaminants preferably within 2 hours.
- Gear Maintenance: Clean your training gear immediately after each session to prevent bacterial and fungal growth.
- Antifungal Protection: Apply antifungal spray or cream to your feet and areas prone to skin-to-skin contact, to combat athlete’s foot and other common BJJ infections.
- Mat Cleaning: Participate in the gym’s mat cleaning routine, ensuring a clean and safe training environment for yourself and others.
Prioritising hygiene before and after Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is vital to prevent the spread of common infections like ringworm, staph infections, and athlete’s foot. By following these essential steps, you not only safeguard your health but also contribute to a cleaner and safer training environment for all. Remember, maintaining good hygiene is a shared responsibility within the BJJ community, ensuring a healthier and more enjoyable experience for everyone.