The spread of infection has been a topic of concern on many people’s mind, lately. Do you think about infections in the sense that bacteria and viruses can harm you? Mindith Rahmat wrote an article that is very eye-opening. “MRSA Infections: Prevent Transmission in Your Gym”.
Rahmat states that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) are spreading in university and professional locker rooms and athletic facilities. MRSA is resistant to many antibiotics and CKRP is resistant to almost all antibiotics which make them very difficult to treat. Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is another bacterium that is spreading where athletes train. Staph is a more common bacterium that “causes a wide range of illnesses, from mild skin infections to serious systemic infections including, fatal bacteremia, necrotizing pneumonia, and necrotizing fasciitis.” According to the CDC, 25% to 30% of the population carries staph. When those very well paid athletes have staph and make skin to skin contact with other athletes, the bacterium can be transferred.
Athletes involved in sports that have skin to skin contact are at more risk of contracting an infection. All athletes need to take precautions, though. Athletic trainers and equipment managers are aware of the importance of cleaning practices in the locker room, showers, and bathroom. Hopefully, they are staying on top of the newest technology on the market. The bugs out there today are stronger and live on surfaces for days, weeks and even months. Everyone who uses the training and weight equipment must wipe down after each use? Don’t wait on the cleaning crew. Rahmat lists several things athletes can do to help prevent infections. So… stay tuned to slaythebugblog to find out what to do.