In September of 2009, my daughter (then 2 1/2 years old) was hospitalized for 6 days because of an infection from Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA. We'll never know when or how our family contracted the bacteria, but it was an extremely difficult battle to fight. Unfortunately, infections from MRSA are more common than most people realize and are very contagious, especially among school-age children.
This time of year, with fall sports in full swing, equipment cleanliness and item-sharing on and off the field may get overlooked between carpools, homework and bedtime. But, skin infections like MRSA, which can be potentially life threatening, are the cause of 56 percent of all infectious disease outbreaks in competitive sports in the U.S.
It’s important that as parents and coaches we do our part to help prevent the spread of MRSA. You can begin by getting involved in the Equip them Well program through three simple steps –
collect, disinfect, donate.
Please take a few moments to watch this short video and learn more about the Equip Them Well program:
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