Common sense recommendations for preventing spread of infection

  • Avoid walking on mats in your street shoes
    • Shoes pick up bacteria
    • Bacteria would rather live on mats than shoes
    • Bacteria would rather live on you than mats
      • MRSA comes off of mats easily
    • So if don’t want to rub your skin with whatever is on the bottom of your shoes → don’t walk on the mats and prevent others from waling on the mats
      • Motz VA, Young LM, Motz ME, and Young SC. A Sticking Point in Assessing Bacterial Contamination: Adhesive Characters of Bacterial Specializations, Swab Features, and Fomite Surface Properties Skew Colony Counts, J Pure Appl Microbiol., 2019; 13(4):2533-2544. https://doi.org/10.22207/JPAM.13.4.68
      • LM Young, Motz VA, Markey E, Young S, Beaschler, R.  2017. Recommendations for Best Disinfectant Practices to Reduce the Spread of Infection via Wrestling Mats. J. Athletic Training 2017, 52(2): 82-88. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-52.1.02
  • Clean mats with an EPA approved residual cleaner by walking backward and dragging the mop behind you at least once a week (more often if you can realistically)
    • Follow manufacturers’ directions for cleaning
    • Allow the mats to dry completely before walking on them
      • LM Young, Motz VA, Markey E, Young S, Beaschler, R.  2017. Recommendations for Best Disinfectant Practices to Reduce the Spread of Infection via Wrestling Mats. J. Athletic Training 2017, 52(2): 82-88. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-52.1.02
  • Use a sanitizing hand gel on your hands and back of the neck each time you get onto a mat.  Wash your hands when you are done wrestling.
    • Use of hand gel can reduce bacterial load on wrestlers by 80%
      • LM Young, B Kohls, A Davis, K Krynak, RE Beaschler H Dyer and VAMotz.  2018 Clean hands healthy wrestlers: Efficacy of hand cleaning in reducing bacterial load during wrestling competitions.  Health Science Research.  5(2):43-49
  • Do not get onto the mat with a known infection – that includes skin infections, respiratory infections, GI infections…
    • People have low surface energy, so bacteria easily transfer from wet skin, blood or saliva to the mat
    • Bacteria are happier living on people than wrestling mats
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