Hair-stripping fungus threatens future of judo and sumo

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Hair-stripping fungus threatens future of judo and sumo

Martial artists felled by itchy foot to the head
By Joe Fay 14th April 2009 10:39 GMT

Japanese academics have warned that the national sports of sumo and judo are under threat of extinction because of the rapid spread of a fungal infection that is making their hair fall out.

The All Japan Judo Federation has commissioned research into the spread of Trichophyton tonsurans, The Times reports, amidst fears that it is sapping the strength of the nation's martial artists.

The fungal infection is similar to athlete's foot, but causes itchy red pathes on the neck, face and upper body, and can attack the hair follicles, causing icky flakes and ultimately baldness.
 
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I'm just glad they wear pants still......
 

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OK, I know how I get athlete's foot. How are these guys getting it on their heads and upper body?
 

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Trichophyton tonsurans is ringworm (which is not a worm). You can get it anywhere on your body, but it tends to develop in folds of the skin. They're getting it by rolling around on the mats.
 

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Trichophyton tonsurans is ringworm (which is not a worm). You can get it anywhere on your body, but it tends to develop in folds of the skin. They're getting it by rolling around on the mats.

...and rubbing their bodies against one another....ewwwwwwwww
 

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All the more reason to properly clean and disinfect your mats.
 
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LOL!

If floor be sticky, no roll around n get slicky. ;)
 

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My daughter got impetigo twice (or once with a recurrence) from BJJ, but in years of grappling (wrestling, judo, and BJJ) I never have.
 
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