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MRSA risk increases 16 times for wrestlers, says study

Posted On Mon, February 1, 2010

A new study has found that the chances of catching the Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus skin infection, or MRSA, increases drastically for high school and college wrestlers who come in close contact with their opponents all season long.

According to analysis by Molnlycke Health Care, wrestlers were found to be 16 times more likely to develop the MRSA infection than a normal person. The increased likelihood was attributed to a formula developed by combining the 25 percent colonization rate of the MRSA virus, the requisite three matches a wrestler usually competes in during a tournament, and the number of wrestlers exposed to a tournament wrestler following a match (usually six).

"We understand the importance of keeping our coaches and their wrestlers educated and aware of skin infections, especially during this important championship season," Mike Moyer, the executive director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association, told MHC. "Last week, we provided our members with simple, practical tips to help decrease their wrestlers' chances of MRSA infection."

For families with a high school or college wrestler who is gearing up for a new season, they should take the proper precautions in order to safeguard against any injuries or diseases that could be picked up during the season.

One way to make sure that any medical care will be afforded to a loved one is to make sure their health insurance coverage is updated and will cover any type of medical issue they may face.

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