No one is arguing about hockey’s greatness. Most sports nuts can agree that there is nothing like watching a good and heated hockey game. However, for players and parents of players, this heated action leads to two things: foul smelling players and even funkier smelling hockey bags. Parents understand too well that kids aren’t the greatest at keeping themselves and their hockey gear clean and germ free and this could be a potentially dangerous issue.
Over the past decade, there has been a surge in the number of ice hockey players throughout the United States. Players on every level are finding their love of the game and whether it’s a junior, high school, college or professional game, the fans are loving it. However, we know that along with these numbers comes an increase in the number of illnesses and infections. Hockey players, especially younger ones, aren’t always the best at making sure what’s in their hockey bags is clean and dry and this is especially important because skin to skin contact is the primary factor in the spread of contagious illnesses like Staph and MRSA. Unfortunately, ice hockey players are also topping a list they don’t want to be on: the most likely to become infected list.
The danger doesn’t only lurk on the skin, but it also lives in the hockey bags, on the hockey gear; and let’s not forget about the unforgettable hockey smell. An average hockey player’s bag, gear and equipment should be cleaned, disinfected and deodorized on a regular basis and especially after a practice or game.
Without a doubt, the best way to prevent or stop the spread of an infectious disease is by practicing good hygiene. The following are some good tips to help you stay infection and illness free so you can enjoy your love of hockey uninterrupted:
Keep your hands clean and wash them frequently
Disinfect gear and clothing as soon as or even before you detect the ominous hockey smell
Make it a habit to regularly use Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray on your hockey gear and hockey bags
Try not to eat, use the bathroom or come into contact with others until you have thoroughly washed your hands
Clean and keep cover to all wounds, cuts and abrasions as soon as they occur until they have fully healed
Report signs of infection: redness, warmth to the touch or a burning sensation, swelling, pain or drainage
Never walk around a locker room or playing area with bare or untaped feet
Never touch someone else’s wounds or bandage
Never share your personal hockey equipment, towels or clothing
Be sure to shower daily and try to do so immediately following a practice or game
Tend to damp or sweaty clothing as soon as possible
Avoid mixing the sweaty clothes with items already in your hockey bag
Always keep a spare set of clean clothes and socks in your hockey bag
Point out or report any suspicious skin lesions to the player, coach or member of the medical staff
As with everything else, prevention is key, so be sure to clean your hockey gear regularly with Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray.