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cowboyathlete
04-17-2007, 09:06 AM
Athletic Trainers See Rise in MRSA Infections: Survey

Antibiotic-resistant hospital 'superbug' found increasingly in otherwise healthy people

URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_47919.html (*this news item will not be available after 07/13/2007)




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Robert Preidt

Saturday, April 14, 2007



SATURDAY, April 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. survey found that more than half of athletic trainers said they've treated an athlete for a skin infection caused by the antibiotic-resistant "superbug" called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.

MRSA infections were once seen almost exclusively in ill and immunocompromised hospital patients, but they have become increasingly common in otherwise healthy people over the past decade, according to background information in a news release about the survey.

While MRSA infections typically aren't fatal, they can cause skin abscesses that require surgical draining, and the infections are likely to be resistant to first-line antibiotics. In some cases, MRSA can cause serious and potentially fatal problems such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections and flesh-eating disease.

This Web-based survey of 364 certified athletic trainers found that 53 percent said they'd treated MRSA skin infections in athletes. Of the infections treated: 86 percent were in males and 35 percent were in females; 65 percent were in football players; 21 percent in basketball players; and 20 percent were in wrestlers.

The infections typically occurred in: the lower leg (38 percent); forearm (31 percent); and the knee (29 percent).

Athletes may be at increased risk for MRSA infection because it can be spread into cuts and scrapes during contact sports, as well as from shared items such as towels.

"Given that these infections could potentially become serious, it's important for athletic trainers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of MRSA infections and to treat them appropriately, as well as educate athletes about them," Kristin Brinsley-Rainisch, a health scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a prepared statement.

The survey was presented Saturday at the annual scientific session of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America in Baltimore.



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delt06
04-17-2007, 12:20 PM
The gym is the no.2 place for you to transmit mrsa. Still that aint gonna stop any of us trainin

davis_s
04-17-2007, 04:10 PM
Athletic Trainers See Rise in MRSA Infections: Survey

Antibiotic-resistant hospital 'superbug' found increasingly in otherwise healthy people

URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_47919.html (*this news item will not be available after 07/13/2007)

Of the infections treated: 86 percent were in males and 35 percent were in females; 65 percent were in football players; 21 percent in basketball players; and 20 percent were in wrestlers.


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86% in males and 35% in females is for a staggering 121%. Unreliable article. /thread

cowboyathlete
04-17-2007, 07:09 PM
The gym is the no.2 place for you to transmit mrsa. Still that aint gonna stop any of us trainin

It better not make you stop, but you need to be sure to wash your hands afterwards.

HALON
04-18-2007, 12:09 AM
Too much antibiotics being used, doctors are responsible for this.

RIPcookiethief
04-18-2007, 12:22 AM
"86 percent were in males and 35 percent were in females"


...121%?

Trisagion
05-14-2007, 01:22 PM
I think that with the basic measures its Ok, take a bath after training its a very obvious practice, and its, in most of the cases enough, I work in a Microbiology lab, and in most cases a infection is due for hipersensibility in a certain area

swimmd99
05-14-2007, 02:00 PM
86% in males and 35% in females is for a staggering 121%. Unreliable article. /thread

statistics in general are unreliable, especially how they were gathered for this "study". What should be taken away from this is CA-MRSA (community acquired methicillin resistant Staph aureus) is on the rise. This has to do with antibiotic overuse, improper use of antibiotics, and a natural progression of the bacteria to fight back against bacteria. Also, athletic trainers won't treat mrsa since they can't prescribe the necessary antibiotics, as much as they will have athletes with mrsa

swimmd99
05-14-2007, 02:02 PM
Too much antibiotics being used, doctors are responsible for this.

Yes, however, it is also probably as much do to patients demanding antibiotics for every cough and not finishing a complete course of antibiotics. I dont remember the study, but I think it was something along the lines that only 33% of patients take a full course of antibiotics as directed.....thats definitely a huge factor