Germs in the Gym: Staying Protected During Basketball Season

Germs can survive anywhere, from less than a minute to a period of months, depending on the surface, type and number of bacteria. The gym environment is a hotspot for germs, especially during basketball practice or games. In addition to these germs, there are just about 1.6 million injuries occurring every year in basketball. While most of these injuries are closed wounds, there is still plenty of blood and sweat on the basketball courts leftover to put people at risk for contracting infectious illnesses.

The basketballs and equipment alone can be a vehicle for transmitting potentially life-threatening germs.  bacteria (staph infection) can survive on a basketball, and other sports equipment, for up to 72 hours. This type of infection can survive on a basketball even if it is sterilized, because the ball can accumulate more bacteria when it’s used. The more the players handle the ball, the more staph aureus is accumulated. Pads or other sports equipment can sometimes be worn by basketball players for protection. However, it isn’t uncommon for players to acquire open wounds. These wounds can occur from unintentional contact with another player or by contact with the ground, consequently increasing the amount of blood, sweat or saliva that can occur during an average basketball game.

Besides the court, the locker room is a prime spot for bacteria growth. The floor is the main culprit of bacteria in the locker room. When walking into a locker room take serious precaution, and never walk in barefoot. There are a myriad of fungal infections you could encounter if you are ever barefoot in the locker room. Additionally, do not sit down in the locker room if you have exposed skin. It’s recommended to put a towel down first before you sit, in order to avoid being exposed to infection. Even the smallest opening in the skin, abrasion or lesion can serve as a perfect portal of entry, allowing in infections like MRSA or Staph.

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Cases of MRSA, as well as other infectious illnesses, can be extremely aggressive and difficult to treat if basketball players become infected. These illnesses can be serious game changers and cause major complications, where players may find that sitting out a few games is the least of their worries – which is why athletes, coaches, trainers and parents need to realize the necessity for properly cleaning sports equipment. Action needs to be taken in order to keep your basketball gear, court, and locker areas clean and protected. The use of Clear Gear Sports Spray to treat your basketball gear is vital, as it is specially designed to kill illness causing germs, viruses and bacteria.

Strong evidence exists, suggesting the risk for infection has increased for high school and college aged athletes due to the spike in cases involving MRSA, herpes gladiatorum and impetigo among these groups. The National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) recommends that athletes, doctors and other health care professionals take significant precautions in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Here are some suggestions to help stop the spread of infectious illnesses and diseases:

  • All players should immediately shower after practice, games or competitions
  • Wash or pretreat clothing or gear that you wore during the game
  • Disinfect gym or workout bags using Clear Gear Sports Spray
  • Clean all of your basketball gear and allow them to dry thoroughly before next use
  • Avoid sharing towels or any other personal items
  • Be sure to keep all cuts, lesions or abrasions adequately clean and covered.
  • Keep courts and team seating areas clean and free from bacteria or waste

Not keeping yourself clean, safe and protected from viruses and germs is bad for your health and love of basketball. All of your basketball gear, as well as the court and locker areas, should be regularly treated with Clear Gear Sports Spray. At Clear Gear, we understand that the goal of playing your favorite game is to enjoy yourself. Contact us for more information by calling (855) 862-5490 today. Use Clear Gear Sports Spray and keep on playing.