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.