Sports - High School

Oct 21, 2013 8:56 PM by Drew Collins - dcollins@kristv.com

CCISD Proactive with MRSA Prevention

CORPUS CHRISTI - Are you familiar with MRSA?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Sounds scary - and it is - it's a life-threatening staff infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

Three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been diagnosed with the infection this season. One player had surgery to remove the infection, another has yet to see the field this season, and the third was just cleared to play again. So, after the Bucs game this past Sunday in Atlanta, the Falcons hired a hazardous material crew to sweep the visitors locker room to make sure no MRSA was left behind.

It's obviously something that should be monitored closely. So what are they doing about it here in South Texas?

We went to CCISD and a couple local high schools and found that the district is extremely proactive about the issue.

CCISD has a protocol they created about five years ago. Every six-to-nine weeks athletic trainers at each school campus perform inspections in the locker rooms, showers, weight rooms, coaches offices - anything athletic related in the schools.

You may ask why athletics is most prone to this infection. The trainers told us that hot, humid environments, particularly those where you have sweaty students that may leave clothes around in stagnant environments are very predisposed.

So we found that the district is doing its part - but they also told us that the athletes need to do theirs.

"Our trainers do a great job," CCIDS Athletic Director Brenda Marshall said. "They talk with the kids and tell them what to do and what not to do."

"Like any injury, you have to harp on the kids to do certain things," Carroll athletic trainer Casey Pyle said. "You may have a kid come by and you can tell they haven't washed their clothes in a couple days. You have to remind them. All they're doing is they're opening the door to bacteria getting into any open wound they have and when that happens -- it's going to happen."

Tigers football coach Tony Trevino added that sometimes the athletes could use a little extra motivation.

"If you make them understand that has a direct impact on their playing time -- that's a real quick way to get their attention."

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