Few things are as all American as baseball and when it comes to longevity, no sport can say that they have been played as long as baseball can. Football, basketball, soccer, hockey and every other professional sport owe baseball a little thanks for helping to bring all professional sports into the spotlight.While technically baseball is considered a “non-contact” sport, there are plenty of injuries that result from falls or brakes and lacerations from contact with a bat, ball or ground.
There are just about 627,000 injuries occurring each year in baseball with roughly 117,000 occurring in young athletes between 5-14 years old. It has been reported that out of every sport, baseball has the highest mortality rate among children that age, or 3-4 deaths per year. This is fairly shocking news for a sport that is considered to be non-contact.
Helmets are worn for batting and baseball bats are usually shared among the team. It isn’t uncommon to swap or share gloves thus increasing the chances of contacting contaminated blood, sweat or saliva during an average baseball game. Even the smallest skin opening, cut, abrasion or lesion will serve as a perfect portal of entry for a hard to treat infection like MRSA or Staph.
Cases of MRSA and other infections can be extremely aggressive and cause major game changers and complications. Sitting a few baseball games out may prove the least of your worries. This would prompt anyone to take serious action when it comes to keeping their baseball gear protected and out of harm’s way. The use of Clear Gear Sports Spray to treat your gear is vital as it is specially designed to kill illness causing germs, viruses and bacteria.
Some suggestions for helping prevent the spread of illnesses and disease follow:
If you do find yourself cut or wounded during a baseball game, seek immediate medical attention. Remember that if you have a visible cut or injury, you’ll likely have to sit to out until you’ve been treated and cleared by a doctor. It is also important to keep the playing fields and dugouts clean and free from bacteria or waste.