Gear giving you a rash? This may be why...
GLOVES, ELBOW PADS & SHOULDER PADS:
S.EPIDERMIDIS is now one of the most important
agents of hospital acquired infections.
HELMET: - S.AUREUS – bacteria which can lead to pimples, boils and other skin conditions as blood
infection and pneumonia.
SHIN GUARDS & ELBOW PADS - S.VIRIDANS – normally found in the mouth.
HOCKEY JOCK/JILL - S.FAECALIS also known as enterococcus is usually associated with stool and fecal material.
ENVIRONMENTAL BACTERIA picked up such as those found on water fountain.
YEAST normally found on the skin surfaces and in the intestinal tracts.
You don't hesitate to clean your gym shorts, socks and underwear. Why not your sports gear?
Illustration by Josh Capel