Spring is in full swing, which means that several sports are also in progress.  Many of these sports involve contact, either with other individuals or with equipment of some sort.  Unfortunately this also means that the risk of acquiring an infection is that much greater. 

What was thought for many years to be a condition that was prevalent primarily in nursing facilities and hospitals, MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) has recently emerged in athletics, particularly in high schools.  Statistics have shown a growing trend in MRSA and athletes since 2006, with the largest concentration effecting wrestlers and football players.  Both of these sports involve heavy person to person physical contact, which obviously provides a much greater chance of infections occurring.  However it is not just limited to the athletes themselves as they may come in contact with other students and adults in the period of time in which they are infected.  MRSA can be lethal if not properly diagnosed and treated.

The best advice in avoiding these infections is to protect yourself and the equipment you use as much as possible.   Good hygiene is the first basic step in attempting to prevent infection.  Uniforms, equipment and locker rooms should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis.  Education of athletes, coaches and all personnel involved in athletics is essential in the process of infection control and prevention.      

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