MRSA infections have been in the news a lot recently. Is it a new threat?
Have a look at a summary of MRSA infections in the NFL, dating back to 2003...
MRSA: a Silent Danger Lurking in NFL Locker Rooms - ABC News
The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) may advise players of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles not to play on Sunday in Tampa Bay depending on the results of a containment report after three Bucs players have tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith released a statement, saying:
We have been involved in an ongoing review of the MRSA incidents in Tampa Bay initiated by the concerns we had about the manner in which team officials responded to these cases.
We advised the NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that an outside expert should be brought in to assess the situation and we are pleased with their decision to take that recommendation. We have also been in regular contact with the player representatives from Tampa Bay. We will reach out to the Philadelphia Eagles player representatives today and provide them with our best medical guidance and regular updates from the outside experts.
This underscores the need for a League-wide, comprehensive and standardized infectious disease protocol. It also calls for improved accountability measures on health and safety issues by the NFL over the clubs.
Fresh Gear sanitizes football pads and other protective sports gear, as well as the locker rooms and other critical areas that need sanitizing.
We utilize the natural power of ozone to kill germs on all exposed surfaces, drastically reducing the potential for infection. Using Fresh Gear products results in one of the most effective infection control procedures available, when combined with a basic personal hygiene routine.
"The NFL Physicians Society is reminding all team physicians to "remain vigilant" about trying to prevent MRSA infections and says it's acting at the league's request..."
"With no tried and true prevention, the best way to avoid MRSA infections is through hand washing and good hygiene. The close quarters of an NFL locker room...increases the risk of bacteria spreading."
It doesn't matter how tough you are...it only takes one bad infection to take you off the roster...or worse!
Clean your football pads regularly!
More MRSA misery for the Bucs...
The Cleveland Browns lost several players to MRSA a few years back. Bentley's career was cut short. He sued the Browns.
We have to treat this invisible enemy for seriously.
I've been asked many times over the 8 years we've been cleaning sports gear, "How often should I clean my hockey gear?"
"Is it contaminated with bacteria again when I sweat into it?" Also, "How bad is it and how risky is it to wear again?"
Each time we sweat into our clothing or protective sports gear we introduce moisture and bacteria. Perspiration is how the body cools itself and also one of the ways the body expels toxins.
How much bacteria is generated after each use?
Significant bacteria is introduced to our clothing or sports gear each time we sweat. However, what we do with the gear after we sweat into it can be an even greater contributor to bacteria buildup.
What storage conditions contribute to rapid bacteria cultivation?
Bacteria thrives in warm, wet and dark conditions like hockey bags and locker rooms. Washing the pads in your washing machine or with a “pressure washer”, adds more moisture to the gear and toxic black mold may result.
How can you reduce the risks of skin infections and MRSA?
1) CLEAN YOUR HOCKEY EQUIPMENT REGULARLY: NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association) official direction is to clean athletic clothing after each use and clean protective sports gear REGULARLY. If you clean your underwear, socks and t-shirt after every use, how long should you wait to clean your gear?
We recommend sanitizing your sports gear a minimum of every 6 weeks or 15-20 uses. Ask about the Ultimate Clean Package at your local Fresh Gear outlet. If available, it provides UNLIMITED cleaning for 1 full year at one low price.
If this is not practical for you, it is beneficial to apply a good alcohol based antibacterial spray, like Fresh Shield, after each time you wear your sports gear, to slow the regrowth of bacteria until the next Fresh Gear sanitizing treatment.
Fresh Shield is available from your local Fresh Gear operator or you can order online.
2) DRY YOUR SPORTS GEAR in a cool, dry and well ventilated location after each use. Get it out of the equipment bag!
That is easily the worst place for your gear.
The Fresh Gear process kills up to 99.99% of bacteria in your hockey equipment, football pads and lacrosse gear.
Protect your health and extend the life of your equipment.
Include Fresh Gear in your good hygiene routine.
by James Antinozzi
James Antinozzi has been in the ozone sanitizing business since 2005, when Ozone Nation Inc. was founded and launched it's flagship product, Fresh Gear.