How to Prevent MRSA Staph Infection in Athletes and Athletic Facilities

by Greene\'s MTS

Posted on Wednesday 17th of December 2008


Staph bacteria poses a serious risk to users of sports facilities. It can be found in locker rooms, weight rooms, and turf fields in any institution that has an athletics facility, whether a high school, a university, or a professional sports team.

Players’ Health

It is a common hazard for players on a team to catch a staph bacteria infection from the sports facility that they use, which at the very least is unpleasant for them and will lead to missed games.

This problem is compounded for professional sports teams, as when key players find themselves out with staph bacteria infections this can lead to a significant disadvantage when competing throughout the season.

Reputation

However, as well as the actual physical effects posed by the staph bacteria, there is also the reputation of the establishment to consider. Whereas one or two players going out in a season will be unfortunate for the team, if an outbreak were to occur the reputation of the establishment would be shattered far more comprehensively than any amount of bad performances could achieve. People do not want to play somewhere where they are in danger of getting seriously ill, and preventative measures need to be taken.

MRSA

One of the most harmful staph bacteria to be found in athletics facilities is MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). Contrary to popular belief, this is not just restricted to hospitals, and if a person is affected then the results could be fatal.

On October 15th 2007, a high-school player from Bedford, Virginia, died after contracting a staph infection from the high-school athletic facilities. On top of this tragic loss, there is now a $25 million lawsuit pending, which will inflict a devastating blow to the establishment.

Athletes are more prone to catching staph infections and MRSA because they commonly pick up cuts and injuries, allowing the bacteria that are present to infect them with greater ease. This is why so much care should be taken to prevent problems from occurring in the first place.

Athletes are also more likely to spend a lot of time together in close quarters when sharing the athletics facilities, and this means that when an infection is picked up by one person, it can easily spread between the players. So whereas you thought losing one person was bad, you could be left with an epidemic on your hands.

Locker rooms, wherever they are found, are the ideal place for staph bacteria and mold to develop. Warm, humid, dark, and with lots of people using them on a regular basis, the potential for the presence of harmful microscopic organisms is perhaps greater in a locker room than in any other public or commercial area.

There are several full service companies that focus on anti microbial treatments. Full MRSA control and MRSA prevention are achieved when the effective treatment for staph bacteria is carried out, meaning your athletes will no longer be at risk.

After the treatment, complete prevention will continue, with mold prevention, virus prevention, and staph infection prevention all leading to a significant reduction in player illnesses caused as a result of these harmful micro organisms.

The treatment provides long-lasting protection, as well as being simple and cost effective at the same time, leading to fewer infections, happier players, and more winning results for the team.



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