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

1,200 Estimated Average MRSA Colonization Rate for Wrestlers(2) 25% Total Wrestlers Carrying MRSA 300 Number of Matches per Wrestler 3 Exposures at Tournament 900 Return to the Practice Room Number of Wrestlers From Primary Group 3 Additional Exposures 2,700 Number of Additional Wrestlers in Secondary Live Group (2x3) 6 Total Exposures from One Tournament 16,200

(1)  Molnlycke Health Care, Analysis of MRSA Exposure Rates, 2009

(2)  Staph colonization rate in the general population is 30 percent and MRSA is typically 77 percent of staph infections; wrestlers have higher than average MRSA rates based on skin-to-skin contact (biomed.com and birdmd.com)

(3)  National Federation of State High School Associations, 2007-08 High School Athletics Participation Survey. Accessed on January 25, 2010 through www.nwcaonline.com, National Wrestling Coaches Association Wrestling Facts

(4)  NCAA® Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report, 1981-82 through 2006-07, www.ncaa.org, April 2008. Accessed on January 25, 2010 through

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