My daughter wore contacts to wrestle. I got in the habit of keeping a contact case and a small bottle of solution in my pocket. When a contact gets knocked out, I pull out the case, squirt a bit of solution into it, and in goes the contact. It usually took about 20 - 30 seconds and she was ready to wrestle.
I still keep the case and solution for the wrestlers on my team who lose a contact.
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I think wearing the goggles would be fine, but here's some references from the NFHS wrestling rules book just to confirm.
Special equipment (that is, equipment not required) includes the use of equipment for "eye protection" (Rule 4-3-1). The referee still has the final authority to determine whether a piece of equipment is legal or not (Rule 3-1-5), but I think most referees wouldn't be so uptight as to ban goggles. I think most refs would allow the goggles as long as you or your coach provides a good explanation.
As for other wrestlers gouging your eyes, just this year the NFHS defined "gouging or poking the eyes" as unnecessary roughness (Rule 7-4-1); so I think most wrestlers wouldn't try going for your eyes unless they're willing to give you penalty points. The referee could also charge replacing/recovering a lost contact lens against your 1 1/2 minutes of injury time (Rule 8-2-1), so you would need to act quickly if something does happen with your contacts.
As a contact lens user myself, I suggest that whenever you wrestle, in addition to carrying some solution and a contact lens case, you should always have handy a spare pair of contact lenses, and a small mirror if you want to look at yourself while fixing your lenses, in case anything happens. That way, you won't have to waste a lot of injury time trying to find and replace a lost lens. I hope people find this helpful.
Last edited by DoubleGrapevine; 10-02-2008 at 12:18 PM.
If your eyesight is that bad you can wear sport goggles. My health insureance covers vision which means I'm able to get goggles or glasses. But not contacts because there an accessity and you really don't need them. But googles are use to protect your eyes but are for the kids who can't afford contacts basically.
There are provisions in the rules for sight disabled wrestlers. I have seen some very good blind wrestlers. except for nuetral position, sight is a handicap in all wrestling. The rules provide for neutral position. glasses or goggles are not necessary. having a good coach who understands the rules is necessary. my wrestlers train in referees position blindfolded, so they stop looking for the move and feel it by body position. if they have to see it, they have to move their head and body out of good position.
Wait.. why the hell would you pop contacts back into your eyes after it's been on a dirty bleached mat?
I honestly dont understand why you would want to wear contacts in the first place. Unless your vision is so horrible that you can barely see.
I have very bad eyesight and I never felt like I needed contacts for wrestling.
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