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Don’t Let Staph Sucker Punch Your Workouts

1 September 2011 No Comment

Germs are no laughing matter, especially if you’re trying to focus on burning body fat and building lean muscle mass.  That’s one possible reason Jim Stoppani, PhD may have recently wrote in a column, “With methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infecting athletes from all sorts of sports, those of us who frequent gyms – where sweaty equipment like benches and bars are shared – should be worried about being infected.  But should we overly concerned?  Researchers from the College of Medicine, University of Florida (Gainesville), obtained cultures from five gym surfaces, before and after routine cleaning in three local gyms at three separate times.  Out of 240 cultures, none were positive for MRSA or MSSA (its methicillin-sensitve S. aureus relative).  It seems that gym surfaces do not appear to be reservoirs for staph and that surface-to-skin contact does not likely play a significant role in transmitting MRSA or MSSA.  Of course, we still suggest you wash your hands immediately after every workout and shower as soon as possible afterward.”

It was reported that NFL players Peyton Manning and Kevin Winslow, Jr suffered similar types of infections.  You can never be too cautious, that’s why you should always back up your nutrition with proper vitamin supplements.

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