Help Prevent Skin Infections

Help Prevent Skin Infections

Skin infections are common in athletes, often triggered by sweaty equipment that rubs against skin.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these prevention tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Take a shower as soon as possible after practice or a game.
  • After each use, wash and thoroughly dry your uniform.
  • Never share personal items, such as razors, towels, lotions or soaps with others.
  • Use a towel to protect your skin from equipment that is shared with others, including sauna and weight benches.
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