Track and field is extremely popular in the world of sporting events, especially among the high school and collegiate competition levels. It’s unique in that it umbrellas many different categories of sporting events where teams are made up of individual athletes with many competing on individual levels. Some of track and field’s sports include running, walking, jumping and throwing competitions. Track and field derives its name straight from its competition venue which is traditionally a stadium with an oval (or round) running track surrounded by grass fields, however, the throwing and jumping events usually take place in some type of enclosed area.
Regardless of the type of competition, one thing is for sure: most track and field athletes dream of moving onto world recognized competitions such as the Olympic Games. However, sometimes dreams like these come at the steep price of injury and while most injuries suffered involve pulls and tears in the legs, thighs and knees caused by impact, there are plenty of cuts, scrapes and lacerations from falls. Interestingly, track and field events are considered non-contact sports, but acute injuries can result from jumping hurdles, contact with javelins as well as contact with the ground. It’s fairly difficult to quantify injuries acquired during track and field events because some are internal (think tears and sprains), while others are more external (cuts and lacerations). However both types happen fairly frequently and where there is blood and sweat, there is risk for contracting infectious illnesses. This comes as bad news for track and field athletes but good news for some nasty infectious illnesses like the Herpes simplex virus, Staph and MRSA. If you’re not keeping yourself safe and protected from these viruses and germs, it can have negative and lasting effects on your health and your love of track and field.
Very little is available or worn in the realm of protective gear in track and field, leaving the body vulnerable to take a beating. At any given time during a track and field event, there is sure to be sweat, saliva and even blood found on players and their gear. Keep in mind that even the smallest cut or opening in the skin can be a perfect portal of entry for a hard to treat infection like MRSA or Staph.
MRSA and other infectious illnesses can quickly become aggressive and are almost always difficult to treat. Sitting a few competitions out may prove to be the least of your worries. News like this is enough for any athlete to take action in keeping themselves and their track and field gear clean and protected. The use of Clear Gear Sports Spray to treat your track and field gear, gym bags, lockers, etc., is crucial as it is specially designed to kill illness causing germs, viruses and bacteria.
The following are some helpful suggestions in preventing the spread of infectious illnesses and diseases in track and field:
All of your track and field gear as well as shower and locker areas should be regularly treated with Clear Gear Sports Spray. At Clear Gear, we understand that the goal of participating in sports 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.