Dr. Robert Dimeff, director of primary care sports at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, says contact sports raise the potential for staph infections. The skin gets broken by a hit or a scratch and the bacteria gets in which leads to an infection. It has been reported that there have been outbreaks from wrestling tournaments. Also, in the football, the wide receivers and defensive backs are more likely to get an infection because of blocking and or being tackled and getting scratches or turf burn.
Dr. Dimeff stresses the importance of keeping the environment around the athletes clean and following guidelines. No sharing of towels, razors, soap, no body shaving, using your own water bottle which all help keep the spread of infection down. The trainers must stay on top of having the equipment cleaned and disinfected and keep a watch on the athletes and abrasions they may get.
One of the most important keys to prevention, says Dr. Dimeff, is education. Letting the athletes, coaches, and parents know what they need to look for and to not ignore a little pimple or what looks like a minor infection. That minor infection or pimple needs to be evaluated by a medical professional. Staph infections in contact sports will never be completely eradicated but following all the directives can prevent many the infection.
Baker, Sam. KERA News, “Preventing Staph Infections in Contact Sports.” n.p., 27 Aug. 2012.
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