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

obial antiseptic soap that contains chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) prior to the start of the tournament.
  • If a shower is not reasonable, at least have wrestlers wash hands, arms and face with an antimicrobial antiseptic soap that contains CHG prior to wrestling. This represents the primary areas of skin to skin contact during the match.*
  • Use wipes that contain CHG between or during the match when water is not available.

  • Molnlycke Health Care manufactures and distributes Hibiclens®, an antiseptic antimicrobial skin cleanser that contains four percent CHG.  Hibiclens binds to the skin and continues to actively kill germs for up to six hours without leaving a residue.  This is just one way to protect skin between and during competition.  

    "Hibiclens has become an integral part in our wrestling program at West Virginia University.  It is the first line of defense for the prevention of skin-related diseases that are so common to our sport.  Our wrestlers have seen first-hand the effectiveness of Hibiclens by showering with it on a daily basis after practice.  We have seen a significant drop in the number of our practices and matches lost to skin diseases," said Kevin Kotsko, assistant athletic trainer, West Virginia University.

    Wrestlers are at higher risk for skin infections than other athletes due to the constant skin-to-skin contact and exposure to cuts, sores, bodily fluids and shared equipment, such as mats.  MRSA is spread through direct skin contact or contact with shared items or surfaces that have come in contact with the bacteria.  MRSA infections are usually manifested as skin infections, such as pimples and boils that are red, swollen and painful.  

    "We know through clinical testing and from wrestlers themselves that washing with a cle
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