At The Mercy Of Staph: Impact of Infections Among Athletes

March 2nd, 2015

Picture something or someone never leaving even when you have tried everything to get ride of that particular thing or person; simply because you have just hit your limit and can’t take it anymore. That sensation is similar to the feeling of when a staph infection, on any part of the body, wants to come be part of your existence. No matter who you are, staph doesn’t care at all; it just wants to not leave your side. According to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, “Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, types of germs commonly found on the SKIN or in the nose of even healthy individuals.” Staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invades deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. A growing number of otherwise healthy people are developing life-threatening staph infections.

Recently, we have seen varies professional athletes and organizations fall victim to staph infections; specifically the MRSA strand. From two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players in 2013; to now NBA All-Star and Franchise Player for the Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin. Formed from a previous elbow injury that now has turned into a staph infection, Griffin was immediately removed from the team and all endorsement responsibilities. ESPN, The New York Times and The Washington Post all agree; that no matter who you are, what you try to do, or where you try to run a staph infection will catch you if you don’t take care of your body and equipment effectively. Blake Griffin will be sidelined for surgery and will need to stay away and have no form of contact with anyone and potentially a longer wait period. You never know with staph infections which way these things can go. Having a true end date is impossible to determine, because once the bacteria enters your bloodstream, all bets are off!

Maintaining a safe, healthy working and living environment not just as an athlete, but also in everyday life; is essential to avoiding prolonged medical and health concerns as you move forward each day. As many of us have seen, staph infections are the real deal and always ready to put up a fight to take you down. Blake Griffin is newly added victim to a list of many that have had to face this enemy head on, without the understanding of what to do to properly prevent this crawling evil from attacking. It is time to stand at the ready and keep not only yourself protected and destinktified, but also fresh and clean from all harmful bacteria that want to see you wrapped in this potentially deadly disease.

Joshua J. Horton



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