Hockey and Staph Infections: Players Feel the Wrath

Hockey and staph Infections is hardly breaking news and for Winnipeg Jets’ star, Evander Kane, it all started with a single cut on his hand he sustained in a scuffle with Eric Brewer. He didn’t think anything of it until not long after his hand blew up like a balloon with some sort of infection; an infection that would fast track him right out of the lineup.

Not far away, another hockey prospect for the Calgary Flames, Patrick Sieloff, didn’t think he would spend his first professional season nursing an injury, yet that’s exactly what he’s doing. Lately, he divides his time between Abbotsford (where his season started), Calgary (where his team doctors are) and Ann Arbor, MI, where his family lives. For Sieloff, his nightmare started with an ingrown hair on his stomach. The 19-year old defenseman stated that while he had suffered staph infections in the past, nothing compared to the magnitude of this one.

The infection was so bad that he was immobile for the first month and he had to wear a fanny pack device that administered 24 hour intravenous antibiotics that needed to be changed daily. To make matters worse, he had an allergic reaction to the medication which caused a spiked fever and chills. While he’s on the road to recovery, it’s slow moving and he is taking things week by week.

Staph can be an incredibly aggressive infection. It can be mild, as it was for Sieloff in the past, or it can be potentially lethal if not treated immediately. Also, having staph infections in the past means that the infection can and often does linger dormant inside the body. It can manifest itself at any time and this is evident in the case of the ingrown stomach hair.

The best defense against contracting a staph infection is to be prepared and protected. Even though Sieloff had clean hockey gear that was disinfected and sanitized after he discovered his infection, he still tossed it all and decided to start over fresh with all new gear.

The following are some tips to make sure that you stay clear of a staph infection as well as any other contagious skin infection:

– Never share your hockey equipment with other players

– Always be sure to shower as soon after practice or games as possible

– Tend to any cuts or damaged skin: NEVER assume that an injury will just go away before a physician or medical professional has examined it

– Keep all of your hockey gear clean and disinfected by using Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray regularly

– Keep any wounds that you have clean, dry and covered

– Never touch or let anyone besides a medical professional touch a wound