What is Staphylococcus?
Staphylococcus is a genus of coccus Gram-positive bacteria linked to infections and illnesses. The bacteria are generally found in nasal mucus as well as in other parts of the body (hands, armpits, genitalia, etc.). The bacteria can also be found in the environment (air, water, soil, etc.)
The most common symptoms caused by Staphylococcus are the following:
- A skin infection (boils, pimples, red and sensitive skin, folliculitis, impetigo, etc.)
- Food poisoning (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach cramps, etc.)
- Septicemia (fever, headaches, muscular pain, etc.)
The most common staphylococcus is staphylococcus aureus, which is the germ most commonly linked to nosocomial infections (hospital-contracted infections). 30% of healthy people are carriers of the bacteria and show no symptoms.
Staphylococcus is very resistant and thus difficult to treat. Staphylococcus prevention is critical to prevent the bacteria from spreading.
How to treat Staphylococcus in Athletes?
Staphylococcus is easily transmitted among athletes. Because the bacteria are so resistant, it’s critical to limit its transmission. Several factors increase the risk of Staphylococcus contamination, such as:
- Physical contact between teammates: skin infections are contagious if the lesion of the skin is purulent
- Contaminated items (towels, water bottles, clothing, etc.): Staphylococcus can survive several days in the body.
Staphylococcus is a menace to sports environments. Athletes can be easily contaminated and Staphylococcus can linger for a long time in sports clubs and teams (an entire team can contract the bacteria!). In addition, the challenge in eliminating Staphylococcus can cause a number of problems.
Staphylococcus prevention in sports is therefore critical. It’s important for athletes to regularly wash their hands and to shower with soap.
In addition, all physical contact between athletes should be avoided to prevent the spreading of any skin infections.
It’s also recommended that athletes not share their sports equipment, in case such gear is contaminated.
Preventing Staphylococcus sports: The biosports.team service
The presence of Staphylococcus in sports environments requires the help of professionals to eliminate the bacteria by decontaminating the facilities.
biosports.team helps you prevent Staphylococcus in athletes by disinfecting sports clubs and equipment.
Thanks to its unique vaporization system, biosports.team eliminates bacteria throughout a sports club, even in the tiniest spaces (ventilation, lighting, flooring, etc.). biosports.team also cleans sporting equipment (ice skates, gloves, etc.) without any risk of damage. Athletes are free to use their equipment in less than 30 minutes after disinfection.
Unlike other cleaning methods, biosports.team uses only biodegradable products that are chemical and pesticide-free, and aren’t toxic or dangerous to people with frequent allergies. Our products also don’t require any rinsing.
Count on biosports.team to help you eliminate Staphylococcus in your sports environments.
A controlled environment is an important element in the preparation of top athletes. biosports.team allows us to be at the forefront as a Canadian federation by helping to ensure our top athletes are better protectedNicolas Gill, CEO - Judo Canada Chief Executive
We started a pilot project with four of our teams in October 2016 with biosports.team and the project went smoothly and exactly as we wanted to protect our teams. On our players has been postponed and the result is favourableGilles Courteau, QMJHL Commissioner
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