Whenever you participate in contact sports you are at a higher risk for diseases that can be transmitted when contact is made between two people or when infected skin touches the sporting equipment, such as mats, weights and football and hockey gear. There is a whole host of infections that can be passed between athletes, including bacterial infections, viral infections, and fungal infections. And while it’s a scary thought, it’s the truth about sports.
One star student recently contracted herpes gladiatorum while wrestling.
Blake Flovin excels in both the classroom and on the wrestling mat, but he never thought that he would contract an illness from participating in the sport that he loved.
After competing in the Central Coast High School Wrestling Tournament at Independence High School, Blake developed a rash on his face and was itching profusely.
“The left side of my face by my lymph nodes started to swell,” said Blake. “It grew on the side of my face.”
When he made an appointment with his doctor, it didn’t take long for them to come to a conclusion about the diagnosis. Blake contracted herpes gladiatorum from one of the five other wrestling participants at the tournament. Unbeknownst to him, Blake was shocked that he could pick up such an infection from the sport.
“I never thought from wrestling I could get herpes, but now that we are researching and finding out it’s actually a fairly prevalent thing … ” said Blake, whose face is now covered in herpes-induced lesions.
“To go from a phenomenal senior year and top of your game to having your face look like the elephant man is horrific,” said his father, Rick Flovin.