We are excited to have several new followers here and on social media who are active mom’s with kids in sports. No one has a louder voice than a mother who feels her child is in danger, and we’d love to team up with mom bloggers to show the sports industry the real threat of Staph and MRSA in sports. To most sports moms, mom bloggers, and to us, it is simple. Sports present a perfect storm for the spread of MRSA and Staph, and although it is easily remedied, no one does anything to stop it. We’ve been discussing this for months, so to read more about sports being the perfect storm for MRSA, read our past blog posts:
- Wrestling Mats Are a Leading Cause of MRSA in High Schools and Colleges
- Locker Rooms Pose Perfect Conditions for MRSA, Staph, and Other Infections
- Artificial Turf Manufacturers Need to Come Clean to Schools and Parks
- Indoor Soccer Arenas Are a Toxic Petri Dish of Human Bodily Fluids
The bottom line is this – according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), there are five simple ways that MRSA and Staph is spread. Any one of the five C’s can spread MRSA, and athletics often present all five C’s.
THE FIVE C’S THAT SPREAD MRSA
- Frequent Skin to Skin Contact
- Compromised Skin (cuts, scrapes, small abrasions)
- Contaminated Items (sweaty towels, clothes, mats, synthetic turf)
Being a mom it is easy to see how these five things can create the perfect storm in a locker room, gym, indoor soccer arena, or on the football field. Sports help to foster teamwork and togetherness, but also mean kids are more likely to share towels, razors, soap, and more. It’s also common for turf burns, small cuts, and scrapes to to be left uncovered and become the perfect entry point for Staph or MRSA. Warm, crowded locker rooms and practice facilities lack cleanliness and must be treated in a non-toxic way to keep our kids safe.
More and more mom’s are realizing the danger that doing nothing is causing more kids to develop severe and life threatening infections that could have been prevented. Stories like the ones recently from New Mexico and Michigan are too common. At Sports Turf NW, we feel strongly that it is part of our mission to educate schools, coaches, sports facilities, and mom’s about the serious threat of Staph and MRSA in sports. We’ve got serious ammunition, in the form of science, and with the extra voices of mom bloggers, we know that collectively we can make a difference in preventing MRSA.
What Can Moms and Mom Bloggers Do?
Speak out! Share our posts, write your own, study, talk, and spread the word about the danger of Staph and MRSA to kids in sports. Give us a call to find out more, or search through our website for resources and scientific information about the threat and what can be done to stop it. If you have a story to share let us know. Let’s join together to educate others about the spread of MRSA before more kids suffer, lose limbs from infection, or die in a tragic and totally preventable way.
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