MRSA stands for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a skin infection that is resistant to common antibiotics. It can lead to hospitalization, amputation, and even death. MRSA is a highly transferrable bacteria that thrives in shared areas, like health clubs.

 

Risks

MRSA flourishes in sweat and warm, moist areas. Gyms are highly susceptible to this bacteria because it can live for days on exercise machines, workout mats, and locker-room benches. Additionally, after a hard workout, a person’s immune system is temporarily lowered.

 

Protect Yourself and Your Gym

Having a clean, MRSA-free club starts with educating staff and personnel. Gyms and locker rooms should be cleaned with detergents or disinfectants after every use. It is also important to make sure cuts and scrapes are clean and kept covered.

 

And remember, accidents happen, but Fitness Insurance has you covered!