-skin is your body's barrier against infections and a broken barrier is a useless barrier.
-a small cut can easily grow into a big one.
Frank Catton - style manicure every day, I do suggest you look after the skin of your hands. In this field, female BJJ and grappling practitioners have the upper hand (no pun intended). Girls have a headstart when it comes to looking after their skin. For male BJJ and grappling players, I suggest a simple routine to ensure the skin on your hands is intact and survives the rough and toil of Brazilian jiu jitsu and grappling:
- Always keep your nails short, clean and trimmed. If everyone did that, no one will scratch anyone else. Every gym should have a disinfected nailclipper.
- If any peice of skin is sticking out from your fingers, use the nailclipper to trim it away. Smooth surfaces are harder to catch onto stuff and start a cut or abrasion.
- I learned this from my wife: push back the cuticle. The cuticles on your nails is a layer of dead cells. Left to it's own, it can easily split and shred and start catching onto your or your opponent's gi. It hurts like an Ess Oh Bee when they shred and like I mentioned if they form a cut, there is risk for skin infections! It's so easily avoided though, by simply pushing back the cuticle with your thumb nail.
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Your hands are very important tools, not just on but off the mat too! Looking after them helps insure you never miss a BJJ / grappling session. It just makes sense.