OT Have you heard of MRSA ???And how does it affect gymnastics?

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Aug 27, 2006
Since a lot of people on here either use locker rooms and gyms or have children using them: What are your thoughts about all the talk about it?? Does it make you worry your kids will catch it going to gymnastics??? Do you think about it at all?? Speak up people!!

ETA I wasnt sure where to post this
Sep 9, 2007
I've heard of it in hospitals, its quite a big problem apparently (according to my big sis who is a nurse) but I've never heard of it in a gym.
Oct 1, 2007
Campbell, CA

While MRSA used to be found only in hospitals, it is now not uncomon to find it in locker rooms at schools. For this reason, it is bound to eventually find its way into gymnastics. MRSA is epecially easier to transmit in contact sports such as football, soccer, etc, where open wounds can be infected from contact with others who may already carry the bacteria.

No one should be allowed to practice or compete with an open wound. Whenever someone gets a cut or an abrasion, the coach should immediately have the gymnast wash it and then apply an antibiotic and than bandage the wound.

As long as good hygiene and good first aide is practiced, MRSA can be held in check. But it is out there.
Apr 9, 2007
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in the Gym[/FONT]

[FONT=Tahoma,Arial,Helv][/FONT][FONT=Tahoma,Arial,Helv][SIZE=-1]Louis M. Profeta MD FACEP
Dpt. Emergency Medicine St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Tahoma,Arial,Helv][SIZE=-1]Lately there has been a lot of coverage in the news and other media outlets about a new bacteria that seems to be invading our school, gyms, hospitals and other health care facilities. In actuality, none of this is new. As health care providers we have been battling MRSA for years and have been well aware of its infectivity. The truth is we are partly to blame for its existence. MRSA is a highly drug-resistant strain of Staphlococcus bacteria that causes a variety of skin lesions from boils and pustules, to wound infections, blood poisoning and even death. It is a product of drug resistance through the over use of antibiotics for viral infections and is now one of the major reasons why doctors are much less likely to write prescriptions for simple sore throats, bronchitis and other classic viral illnesses. [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Tahoma,Arial,Helv][SIZE=-1]It is typically a consequence of poor hygiene, but its presence throughout the community, finds that is now nearly everywhere. It often takes root in small scratches, wounds, abrasions or cracks in the skin so small they may not even be noticed. But once in the bacteria takes hold it causes a variety of skin infections that often require surgical drainage in the ER. In addition, because the organism is resistant to most classic antibiotics it is very hard to eradicate and in many instances a person must receive multiple doses of intravenous antibiotics to fight the infection. It may sound absolutely horrible, but there is some good news. [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Tahoma,Arial,Helv][SIZE=-1]Most cases of MRSA can be prevented by a combination of good hygiene, and attention to the behaviors that permit the spread of this organism. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a comprehensive guide for the prevention of transmission of MRSA in your school or gym. You can review these at cdc.gov. There is also a link provided so you may obtain information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on what cleaners may be used on your equipment to cut down on the spread of this bacteria. But for the time being, a few simple precautions will help prevent the spread of this disease in your gym or school. (Adopted from the CDC guidelines at cdc.gov) [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Tahoma,Arial,Helv][SIZE=-1]You can protect yourself by: [/SIZE][/FONT]
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  2. Practicing good hygiene (e.g., keeping your hands clean by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and showering immediately after participating in exercise)
  3. Covering skin trauma such as abrasions or cuts with a clean dry bandage until healed.
  4. Avoiding sharing personal items (e.g., towels, razors) that come into contact with your bare skin; and using a barrier (e.g., clothing or a towel) between your skin and shared equipment such as weight-training benches.
  5. Maintaining a clean environment by establishing cleaning procedures for frequently touched surfaces and surfaces that come into direct contact with people's skin.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Tahoma,Arial,Helv][SIZE=-1]While the presence of a case of MRSA may spark concern, rest assured most cases are readily treatable and the spread to others can be prevented without closure of the facility. MRSA is here to stay. But with the proper hygiene, maintaining a clean workout environment, and the promotion of safe hand washing practices most cases can be prevented and make for a more enjoyable school and gym experience for everyone. [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Tahoma,Arial,Helv][SIZE=-1]Once again for more information on MRSA and how to prevent it spread, visit the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov.

this is an email that I recieved just yesterday.


I just sent an e-mail to all the parents last night using the article from the USAG web-site as an attachment. We all have to do what we can to keep the "bug" out.


Our girls were told to wash their wristbands at least every other day. They are a great place for the bacteria to grow. Girls tend to get more abraisions and cuts around their grips, so it is more likely to get an infection there. Just thought I would pass along what we were told.


I believe MRSA can be passed simply by touch of the skin as well; at least that's what one of my classmates (who's son has been infected with MRSA) has told me. I also believe some children/people are going to be more likely to get it---or they will get it more easily.

I think we can all do a major part by maintaining proper hygiene.
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