MRSA and Sports
MRSA and Sports Participation
- Skin infections need to be reported to coaches, and/or evaluated by a medical professional.
- All skin infections need to be covered, and the dressing needs to remain dry and intact. Simply speaking, drainage from the wound cannot seep through the dressing. A soiled dressing will quickly spread MRSA bacteria to others.
- Athletes participating in contact sports, especially wrestling will be most affected. The athlete will often be barred from participation until the infection is healed.
- Athletes should be evaluated by a health professional if there is any question on eligibility to participate.