It’s time for a little back-to-school math problem. Don’t worry – this one is easy. What do you get when you combine dozens of student athletes, grubby training facilities, and stubborn germs? You guessed it: a recipe for a cold and flu disaster. True, a new school year ushers in a lot of excitement, especially for student athletes excited to get back into the game. Unfortunately, the beginning of the school year also coincides with the beginning of cold and flu season. Researchers at Johns Hopkins report that elementary school-aged children can get up to eight colds per school year, while high schoolers typically get up to four – and both groups are at high risk for the flu. Fortunately for coaches, keeping your sports teams healthy is as easy as assembling a germ-fighting tool kit.
Keeping Your Sports Teams Healthy
In the Locker Room
Your team’s locker room can be a breeding ground for stubborn germs, harmful mold, and nasty bacteria. Stop germs in their tracks with a germ fogger – like our EPA-approved SafeSpace Disinfectant & Deodorizing Germ Fogger. Each germ fogger contains hospital-grade contact disinfectant that can eliminate 99 percent of the germs responsible for illnesses like colds, flu, and MRSA. Our germ foggers can also help prevent mold. Now, that’s a slam-dunk! To ensure that the fogger’s disinfecting mist can reach into every corner of your locker room, be sure to open all the lockers before you set it off.
In the Gym
Free weights, sweaty machines, unsanitary drinking fountains: When your team hits the weight room, they’re bound to come into contact with countless germs. Keeping your sports teams healthy in the weight room involves a few best practices:
- Wipe it down: Wipe down gym equipment with antibacterial spray or wipes before, during, and after every team workout. This is especially important during the height of cold and flu season, when harmful germs are running rampant.
- Choose your water bottles carefully: Your athletes need to stay hydrated, but traditional screw-cap water bottles can be breeding grounds for germs. Think about it this way: Your athletes are touching the germy gym equipment, then touching their water bottle cap – then drinking from the water bottle. To minimize germ ingestion, encourage your athletes to purchase reusable water bottles with push tops. They can leave the tops open during their workout and easily squirt water into their mouths whenever they need to hydrate.
- Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize: Encourage your athletes to use hand sanitizer after every weight training session. The SafeSpace Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer formula kills 99 percent of the most common germs, and it won’t dry out skin. So if your athletes’ hands are dry and calloused from using hand weights and other gym equipment, they can use our hand sanitizer without worrying it will exacerbate the issue. In fact, the emollients in the product may soothe their hands.
On the Road
It can be hard to know how to avoid germs when your team is traveling for games. Fortunately, there are several tools you can use to disinfect your team’s travel bus, as well as any away locker rooms. Bring the SafeSpace Auto Disinfecting & Deodorizing Mist along for the ride to kill germs and deodorize the bus, leaving it smelling fresh and clean for your trip. Upon arrival at your away locker room, have a member of your coaching staff inspect the facilities and use a germ fogger before the team arrives. In a time crunch? No worries – 0ur germ foggers work in under an hour.
Keeping your sports teams healthy can be easy with the help of a few handy tools. However, cold and flu viruses can still be sneaky. If your athletes are feeling under the weather and experiencing symptoms like chest congestion or an upset stomach, it’s your responsibility to send them home to prevent the illness from spreading.
Whether you’re on your own turf or on the road, you can keep your athletes healthy with the help of SafeSpace products. Our SafeSpace Germ Fogger, SafeSpace Auto Disinfecting & Deodorizing Mist, and SafeSpace Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer can all help you protect your athletes. To purchase any of our products, please visit the SafeSpace website. For more information, please give us a call today at 1-800-735-2506.
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