If it’s fall, it must be MRSA season! The topic of germ and infection transmission related to athletics, athletics training facilities and fitness centers has been popping-up at this time for years for several years, and this year is no exception. Click on the following link to read the latest “entry” into the Germs In Gyms body of work—this time from Jane E. Brody at the New York Times:
Good personal hygiene and regular sanitizing of “body-contacted” hard surfaces have been cited over and over, year after year, as the best first-lines of defense against contracting and/or spreading of potentially deadly germs and viruses. Be assured, the germs in gyms issue is NOT a seasonal issue—it is a year-round issue/concern/problem. Germ and virus transmission can happen in the “community” gym/training setting 24/7, 365!!
Ms. Brody’s article, the latest story to “creep to the top of the (New York Times’) most popular articles list,” is based on a position statement, “National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Skin Diseases,” released in June by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (N.A.T.A.).
My simple bottom-line comment on this issue is this: The data, information, and recommendations are out there; it is incumbent on coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, and fitness facility owners and managers to implement the appropriate “systems” to protect the safety their athletes and fitness participants. No excuses! And, it is incumbent on the athletes and fitness participants to utilize & execute the “systems” to the letter of the recommendations. No excuses!
Play hard, play clean & play safe!!