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MRSA and Sports

What is MRSA?
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, are strains of bacteria which are resistant to anti-biotics. MRSA is commonly referred to as an anti-biotic resistant “superbug”.
How Is MRSA Spread?
There are two ways to get an MRSA infection; health care associated MRSA and community-associated MRSA. This means, you can acquire MRSA in a hospital setting or from direct skin to skin contact in a public setting.

MRSA and Athletes: Why Is It Common?
With community-acquired MRSA, it is clear that hockey players, including those on NHL teams, and football players, including those on NFL teams, are at risk. Collision or high contact sports are synonymous with cuts and abrasions. These cuts and abrasions can act as a port of entry for MRSA or other bacteria. Athletes also tend to share items, both during a practice and in the locker room. Sharing hockey equipment, football equipment, towels, soaps and razors all encourage the transferring of MRSA.

Is MRSA Serious?
While regular staph infections can be treated with methicillin, MRSA cannot be. MRSA is often painful and can lead to long stays in hospitals and even fatalities.

MRSA Prevention Among Athletes
  1. Sani Sport’s number one rule for MRSA prevention is to cover cuts to make sure bacteria does not enter the bloodstream. If you put germy hockey equipment over a cut, you risk acquiring an infection.
  2. Do not share hockey equipment or football equipment with your teammates. NHL Teams and NFL Teams don’t share their athletic equipment…why would you?
  3. Do not share towels, razors or other items with your teammates.
  4. Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
  5. Wear a layer of clothing between your hockey equipment or football equipment and your skin.
  6. Clean your hockey equipment and clean your football equipment with the Sani Sport equipment cleaning machine.

Sani Sport is an ozone cleaning system that significantly reduces bacteria in sports equipment.
Sani Sport is the sport cleaning machine used by 27 NHL teams and 15 NFL Teams.

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