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Team sports lead to increased spread of germs

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Team sports lead to increased spread of germs

An athlete holds a volleyball while using hand sanitizer. Using hand sanitizer kills most  bacteria and viruses on contact.

An athlete holds a volleyball while using hand sanitizer. Using hand sanitizer kills most bacteria and viruses on contact.

Madison Ayres

An athlete holds a volleyball while using hand sanitizer. Using hand sanitizer kills most bacteria and viruses on contact.

Madison Ayres

Madison Ayres

An athlete holds a volleyball while using hand sanitizer. Using hand sanitizer kills most bacteria and viruses on contact.

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Think about it. Shared equipment, skin-to-skin contact and sharing contaminated food or drinks. Also, airborne infections are easily spread if a player coughs, sneezes or spits. Being on a team raises the risk for infection, no doubt about it.

“Team sports are unfortunately a great way for illnesses to spread during an active cold and flu season,” junior Sarah Hudson said.  

Contact sports, such as wrestling or football, are practically a breeding ground for germs. When people are brought together in close proximity, the chances of becoming sick significantly increase. Bodily fluids are usually the perpetrators of someone falling ill.

Picking up a sickness is fairly easy to do; there are a couple forms of transmission for infectious diseases. The first way is through direct contact, usually through touching a surface that is infected, such as a doorknob or infected skin. Another way is through airborne transmission of infectious droplets. Coughing and sneezing disperse droplets at a distance of about three to six feet. Essentially, people who are on teams are more susceptible to catching a cold or the flu, among other diseases.

Sports where players are constantly touching the same equipment can be detrimental to one’s health. Basketball and volleyball are examples of this. Players should be cautious about touching their faces during games or practices because that may cause them to become sick. A common activity that volleyball does is wishing the opposing team “good luck” and “good game” by clapping hands with each other before and after the game. Some teams decide to fist bump or use their elbows instead; this is done if someone on the team is sick or the team wants to prevent getting sick.

Some preventative measures that can be taken to avoid getting sick are to clean the equipment, steer clear of sharing equipment or drinks and practice personal hygiene like washing hands and jerseys. Players should also refrain from attending practices or games so they don’t put their teammates at risk for infection.

“I got sick once because I forgot my mouthguard and couldn’t practice without one, so I had to borrow someone else’s,” junior Samantha Gregory said. “If you run out of water and don’t have time to get more, you just drink out of someone else’s bottle, which is also a problem with the community water bottles used for games.”

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