Gloves are worn by a number of athletes ranging from boxers to hockey players to baseball players to cyclists and you better know that each one of them has the sweat they left behind to prove their efforts. Sweat isn’t the only problem and just as often blood and dirt or a mixture of all can nestle within the fibers of the glove. Bacteria is commonly found inside of gloves and if the person wearing them has any sort of skin opening, cut, abrasion or lesion, which are super common on the hands, then it can serve as a perfect portal of entry for an infection such as MRSA or Staph. MRSA, for example, can be very aggressive and cause major game changers and complications. You may find that spending some time on the sidelines proves the least of your worries. Scary information like this would prompt just about anyone to take action in keeping their gear protected and out of harm’s way. The use of Clear Gear Sports Spray to treat your gloves and other gear is vital as it’s specially designed to kill germs and bacteria known to cause a variety of illnesses and viruses.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) recommends that doctors, health care professionals, parents, and athletes take serious precautions in preventing the spread of any communicable and infectious diseases. We find this risk increased among high school and college aged athletes due to a higher number of reported cases of MRSA, herpes gladiatorum and impetigo.
If you are injured or cut, care for the wound immediately and have a physician examine it. Remember if you do have visible or open injuries, you’ll likely be unable to participate in any sporting event until you’ve been treated and cleared by a doctor or medical professional. It is also important to keep the playing fields, courts or mats clean and free from bacteria or waste.
Equipment like gloves should be treated using a product like Clear Gear Sports Spray before and after each use. 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.
Some suggestions to help prevent the spread of these and other illnesses and diseases include: