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The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that more Americans die from Staph or MRSA each year than from AIDs or HIV. Also according to the CDC, the top sports attributed to MRSA infections from wrestling mats, football fields, and rugby. MRSA, Staph, and other skin infections are rampant in high school and college sports due to the amount of skin to skin contact between athletes, as well as the exchange of bodily fluids. In a sport like wrestling, skin to skin contact is unavoidable and there is little way of knowing whether your competition has a skin infection or is carrying a bacteria or virus. Regardless, wrestlers leave a lot on the mat, including bodily fluids which can also transmit MRSA or Staph long after the match is over.

Wrestling Mats and MRSA
Bodily fluids and warm environments give the wrestling mat a place to be nasty

The worst part about finding so many wrestlers with infections? MRSA and Staph are preventable, along with other skin infections, flu, and HIV. Keep reading for things that you can do to prevent infection and things your high school or college should be doing to protect wrestlers and athletes.

How Wrestlers Can Prevent a MRSA Infections on Wrestling Mats

  1. Educate Themselves and Others. Coaches and teachers should educate wrestlers on the factors to help prevent infections and how to recognize and treat one right away. 
  2. Use Good Personal Hygiene. Athletes need to shower directly after competition or practice with antimicrobial soap. Clean your practice clothes and uniforms after every use.
  3. Cover Up Cuts and Abrasions. Make sure bandages completely cover all skin abrasions and are securely in place. If a bandage comes loose, pause practice or competition until it can be corrected. Cuts and abrasions are one way infection gets out and also where it potentially gets in.
  4. Do Not Share. Items like bar soap, towels, mats, clothes, and water bottles are all places that MRSA and Staph can find a means of transport from person to person.

What High Schools and Colleges Can Do to Prevent MRSA and Staph – miniZapr™

Frankly, it is easy for high schools and colleges to do their part in preventing MRSA and Staph transmission via surfaces like showers, locker rooms, benches, wrestling mats, gym floors, synthetic turf, and more. Sanitizing surfaces is the answer and the easiest way to quickly zap away harmful bacteria is with the miniZapr™ from Sports Turf NW. Utilizing the technology from the larger GreenZapr™, the miniZapr™ deploys the same bacteria and virus fighting power needed to control today’s harmful viruses, including MRSA, Staph, C. diff, HIV, Influenza (H1N1) and many others that can be detrimental to wrestlers and athletes. Germicidal UVC is a proven technology that has been used for over 100 years. The miniZapr™ can be plugged into an ordinary wall outlet or hooked up to a small generator. It’s as easy to use as a vacuum and offers unprecedented protection for athletes when used to sanitize wrestling mats, locker rooms, showers, gym floors and more. Sports Turf NW helps high schools and colleges promote a “safety first” attitude, so call Sports Turf Northwest today to start preventing MRSA, Staph, flu, and other infections from harming your students and athletes.