Relative Risk: High



  • On-site supervision is recommended following initial skill instruction and after all safety concerns have been emphasized.


Instructional Considerations

  • Skills should be taught in proper progression, i.e., should progress from parterre “down” to “standing” techniques.
  • Warm-up activities should emphasize conditioning and flexibility.
  • Student athletes should be informed of rules pertaining to illegal holds/techniques.
  • Student athletes should not use the following illegal holds:
    • Full Nelson
    • West Point Ride (t-bar)
    • Full suplay, front suplay, front salto and standing firemans’ carry and throws initiated by a back bending.
  • Student athletes should wrestle with partners of similar weight and/or strength.
  • Length of bouts should comply with league or zone regulations.
  • Fingernails should be closely trimmed.
  • Student athletes should have full or no facial hair.
  • Student athletes may referee under the supervision of the teacher/coach in interschool athletic activity.
  • Student athletes with communicable skin conditions must not wrestle.
  • Student athletes should be taught the benefits of wearing headgear.
  • Motion where grand amplitude points are awarded.
  • Body piercing jewellery should be removed if it could come in contact with the opponent.



  • Wrestling mats or general utility mats should be used:
    • Ensolite™ 3.8 cm (1 ½ ”), 3.1 cm (1 ¼ ”), or 2.5 cm (1”);
    • Trocellen™ 5.1 cm (2”);
    • Ethafoam™ 3.8 cm (1 1/2”);
    • Sarneige™ 3.8 cm (1 1/2”); -mats of equivalent compaction rating
  • Mat surfaces should be checked and cleaned with bleach prior to use. (See Appendix F).
  • Mats should be attached together or aligned so separation does not occur.
  • Suitable clearance should be allowed from the edge of wrestling area to the surrounding walls; if clearance from wrestling area is less than 2 m (6’ 6”), walls should be padded.
  • Mouth guards must be worn. Wrestlers with orthodontic devices should use appropriate protection.
  • Eyeglasses should not be worn in wrestling.
  • Suitable clothing should be worn, i.e., appropriately sized singlets.
  • Wrestling shoes or appropriate footwear must be worn, e.g., no sharp edges, lace tips.

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Alberta Amateur Wrestling Association

Last revised on 21 February, 2020.

Magnitude of Risk

Interschool athletic activities have been divided into three categories based on guidelines determined by the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta. These include higher magnitude of risk sports, medium magnitude of risk sports and lower magnitude of risk sports. Guidelines for determining risk level include assessing the nature of the sport in consideration of:

  • Potential for injuries with severe consequences;
  • Contact: person to person and person to equipment;
  • Uniqueness of equipment used;
  • Speed of action;
  • Type of supervision required.

Although the magnitude of risk of injury is lower in some interschool athletic activities than in others, it is always in the best interest for teachers/coaches to document attendance and practice plans, and be prepared to handle injuries should they occur.