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Football Infection Prevention Tips

Football Infection prevention

American football is an exciting close contact sport that keeps on the edge of our seats, but unfortunately, it puts players at a higher risk for a variety of contact infections. There’s a constant threat of contracting nasty illnesses, from common colds, the flu and COVID-19 to Athlete’s foot, ringworm, and staph/MRSA, among many others. Practicing good hygiene and using a powerful disinfectant spray for football pads, helmets and gear is essential for keeping you and your team in the game.

1. Elevate Your Hygiene Game

Good hygiene plays an important role in reducing the spread of infectious germs and illnesses. Here are some easy ways to protect yourself that you can easily build into your routine:

  • Practice frequent hand washing with soap and water, especially after using the restroom or visiting the locker room.
  • Shower immediately with soap after every practice or game.
  • Only drink from your own water bottle.
  • Avoid eating food in locker rooms.
  • Keep personal items and clothes in your own gym bag.
  • Disinfect your gym bag with Clear Gear non-bleach disinfectant that kills 99.9 percent of germs.

2. Arm Yourself Against Staph/MRSA Infections

You can take certain steps to stop the spread of germs that cause bacterial infections, especially those common to team sports like staph/MRSA, which has become a growing threat in the football world. Staph/MRSA infections can be dangerous and difficult to treat, so take extreme precautions to protect yourself and your team members.

  • Avoid sharing personal hygiene items, like soap, towels, bathrobes, and razors
  • Avoid the locker room if you have open wounds, chafing, rashes or other skin injuries
  • Report suspected abscesses, lesions or cellulitis to a coach or athletic trainer immediately.
  • Keep cuts and abrasions clean and covered until healed, as recommended by your athletic trainer or team doctor.
  • Wear protective clothing to practice and when working out.
  • Avoid sitting on locker room benches.

3. Avoid Skin Infections

Skin infections can cause real discomfort and lead to more serious issues. Avoid viral infections or fungal infections like Athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm and impetigo by following these tips:

  • Wear cotton, non-synthetic socks.
  • Always wear flip-flops or shower shoes in the shower.
  • Wear cotton briefs and use a good talcum powder after showers.
  • Clean minor cuts, scrapes and blisters with soap and water. Cover with clean, dry bandages until they heal.
  • Throw used bandages away immediately after removing them.

4. Disinfect Equipment, Gear & Uniforms

Staying safe from infectious germs goes beyond personal hygiene—it’s essential to thoroughly disinfect all clothing, uniforms, and football gear. Here are the basics:

  • Maintain good personal hygiene by washing personal items such as towels, clothing and uniforms after each use.
  • Pre-treat laundry by disinfecting with Clear Gear non-bleach disinfectant spray.
  • Schedule regular cleaning for the gym and workout equipment.
  • Thoroughly clean all equipment and gear, including footballs, helmets and pads. Check out one of our recent blog posts to learn how to clean football pads and helmets properly.

These tips should help you and your team enjoy a healthy football season and keep your team in the game.

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