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Viruses and Germs in Football Equipment

When asked about contact sports, it doesn’t take very long before someone mentions football. You would be hard pressed to think of another sport that is more up close and personal than football considering contact is the entire crux of the game. Football involves hard blows and quick strategy which brings a heavy dose of blood and sweat. It’s an inherently dangerous sport with consistent jolts and tackles making injuries imminent.

Football played at the collegiate level brings more catastrophic injuries than any other sport. Most of these pertain to defensive players who’s job it is to block and tackle, but it’s certainly not limited to these players. Of course, to buffer injuries, football players wear helmets with face gear and extensive padding, but despite all these efforts, cuts, open wounds and lacerations are extremely common. Unfortunately, just as common is contracting infectious illnesses. This comes as bad news for football players, but good news for infectious illnesses like the Herpes simplex virus, Staph, MRSA even Athlete’s Foot. Not keeping yourself safe and protected from viruses and germs like these is bad for your health and your love of football.

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Cleaning Your Football Equipment

At any given time during a football game, you can count on there being a good amount of blood, sweat or saliva found on the players and their gear. Even the smallest opening in the skin, cut, abrasion or lesion can serve as a perfect portal of entry for a difficult to treat infection like MRSA or Staph. Cases of MRSA and other infectious illnesses can be very aggressive and difficult to treat.

When you do find yourself cut or wounded during a football game, seek immediate medical attention. Make sure to keep the field, shower area and locker room clean and free from bacteria or waste.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) recommends that football players, athletes, doctors and health care professionals take precautions in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Prevent Infections in Football Equipment

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

  • Shower immediately after practice and games
  • Wash or pretreat clothing or gear that you wore during the game
  • Clean and/or treat gym or workout bags using Clear Gear Sports Spray
  • Clean all of your football gear (gloves, sweat bands, protective pads etc…) and allow them to dry thoroughly before next use
  • Avoid sharing towels or any other personal item
  • Be sure to keep all cuts, lesions or abrasions adequately clean and covered

All of your football gear should be regularly treated with Clear Gear Sports Spray. At Clear Gear, we understand that the goal of playing is to compete and enjoy yourself. Don’t hold yourself back with a preventable and painful illness. Use Clear Gear Sports Spray and keep on playing.

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