MRSA is usually spread by direct contact with an infected wound or from contaminated hands. People who carry MRSA but do not have signs of infection can still spread the bacteria to others.8
Protecting your athletes – and yourself
Athletic directors and coaches want their players to thrive – both when they’re playing and in the rest of their daily lives. However, participating in sports and just being in the locker room can put players at higher risk for skin and staph infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
MRSA infections can spread via skin-to-skin contact or through sharing athletic equipment – and even towels. Poor hygiene, such as skipping handwashing before and after sports, and injuries involving an open cut or wound contribute to the spread of MRSA. Athletes with a cut or scape can get MRSA through:1
- Skin-to-skin contact with a person with an MRSA infection
- Sharing equipment or personal items such as towels with someone who has MRSA
- Touching any surface, from workout equipment to shared soap or ointment, that’s contaminated with MRSA
Why coaches trust Hibiclens
Coaches and athletic directors at every level of play trust Hibiclens to help prevent skin infections. That’s because Hibiclens has been proven to be effective2 and is as simple and easy to use as any liquid soap.3 In addition to binding to the skin and leaving a layer of protection (without any sticky residue), Hibiclens is:
- Fast-acting – begins killing germs on contact4
- Gentle enough for daily use5
- The #1 pharmacist-recommended antibacterial soap6
Protecting your athletes7
The CDC lists five steps to take if you think an athlete might have a skin infection:
- Refer athletes with possible infections to a healthcare provider such as a team physician, athletic trainer, school nurse or primary care doctor. If the athlete is younger than 18 years old, notify parents/guardians about the possible infection
- Instruct the athletes with a potential or confirmed staph infection or open wound to avoid using whirlpools or therapy pools not cleaned between athletes and other common-use water facilities like swimming pools until infections and wounds are healed
- Review and implement cleaning and disinfecting guidance
- Educate athletes about ways to prevent spreading the infection. Make sure supplies are available to comply with prevention measures, including bandages for covering wounds and a proven antiseptic cleanser such as Hibiclens
- Consider excluding the athlete from participation until evaluated by a healthcare provider
- Final Report 041101-201. Final Report 040907-150.
- Molnlycke Healthcare, Data on File. Study #R05-0225.
- Paulson, Daryl S. Persistent and Residual Antimicrobial Effects: Are They Important in the Clinical Setting? Infection Control Today 2005; Vol 9, No 4.
- PRACs Report #R05-0225