Why do you recommend that wrestlers take Valtrex at Intensive Camps? Is it effective? Is it required?

Herpes Gladiatorum (aka "Mat Herpes") is a common skin infection in wrestling. For 10 years between 2003 and 2012, a research study on the prophylactic effects of Valacyclovir (e.g. Valtrex) was conducted at the JROB 28-Day Intensive Camp by Dr. B.J. Anderson of the University of Minnesota. The results, published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, indicate that taking 1 gram of the medication daily was shown to reduce the incidence of individual outbreaks by 89.5%. You may view the paper's abstract by clicking here, or if you would like to read the full study, email Dr. Anderson at info@thematdoc.com and he will send you a copy free of charge.

The results of Dr. Anderson's study were integral in the Minnesota State High School League's (MSHSL) decision to recommend Valtrex to all wrestlers.

We strongly encourage all wrestlers at our Intensive Camps to begin a regimen of Valtrex 5 days before camp starts and continue it for the duration of camp. If you choose to not take Valtrex, you will need to sign a waiver form.

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