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Wrestlers Are 16 Times More Likely to Be Exposed to MRSA During Tournament Season
Date:1/29/2010

NORCROSS, Ga., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- As high school and college wrestlers return to the mats in preparation for February tournaments and post-season championships, their risk for the skin infection Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) increases significantly.  In fact, wrestlers that participate in tournaments and teammates of wrestlers who participate in tournaments are 16 times more likely to be exposed to MRSA(1).

An analysis by Molnlycke Health Care shows that based on a potential MRSA colonization rate of 25 percent(2), the average number of matches each wrestler participates in at a tournament (three) and the number of wrestlers exposed to the tournament wrestler when he or she returns to a practice room (six), the potential exposure rate of MRSA from the tournament increases by approximately 16.  As an illustration, the 1,200 wrestlers who attended the recent wrestling national duals had as many as 16,200 MRSA exposures (see table 1 for further details).

With more than 250,000 high school wrestlers(3) and 6,000(4) collegiate wrestlers in the U.S., parents, coaches and trainers are an integral part of providing education, awareness and prevention support to help stop the spread of deadly skin infections such as MRSA.  

"We understand the importance of keeping our coaches and their wrestlers educated and aware of skin infections, especially during this important championship season," said Mike Moyer, executive director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).  "Last week, we provided our members with simple, practical tips to help decrease their wrestlers' chances of MRSA infection."  

Tips provided by the NWCA and Molnlycke Health Care include:

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SOURCE Molnlycke Health Care
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