HEALTH WATCH MRSA Infection Facts resource manual available online through USA Wrestling

By USA Wrestling | Jan. 15, 2008, 12:18 p.m. (ET)

As a service to the wrestling community, USA Wrestling has developed a comprehensive resource manual available free of charge entitled "MRSA & Other Infection Facts."

This 33-page document can be downloaded as a pdf file from the internet by clicking the attached link:
MRSA & Other Infection Facts Resource Manual

"This new manual pertaining to the MRSA bacteria and other infections that can cause concerns for parents and coaches in wrestling should assist in bringing a greater awareness to the precautions and 'what should I do?' questions that are asked", said Mark Scott, USAW Director of State Services. "USA Wrestling believes it is very important to keep our sport safe at every level, and this new resource manual will help educate parents, coaches, athletes and administrators about these threats against our sport."

The document features 10 sections, each providing information from a number of respected sources concerning the topic. The sections in the guide include:

Section #1: Making Wrestling Safer - Guide to Recognition of Skin Infections

Section #2: Prevention - "The best cure for skin infections is prevention". By Dr. BJ
Anderson and Jim Porter, NATA Certified Athletic Trainer.

Section #3: Fighting Wrestling's Invisible Enemy: Effective Microbial Control
To Keep Your Athletes Safe - By Viking Environmental.

Section #4: Information on MRSA, As Obtained From the Centers of Disease Control
And Prevention - By CDC.

Section #5: Instructions for Preventing Spread of MRSA-CA and Other Infectious Skin
Diseases - By CDC and NCAA.

Section #6: MRSA in Sports Participation Position Statement and Guidelines - By
National Federation of State High School Association.

Section #7: Sports Hygiene - Guidelines to Minimize Infectious Diseases Position
Statement and Guidelines - By National Federation of State High School

Section #8: Herpes Gladiatorum Position Statement and Guidelines - By National
Federation of State High School Association.

Section #9: Communicable Skin Conditions (2007-08) - By National Federation of State
High School Association.

Section #10: Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections in the United States - By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These resources have been compiled to assist the wrestling community in researching skin infections.

MRSA stands for Methicillin-Resistant Staphulococcus aureus. In simple terms, MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to common oral antibiotics. This term has been known within medical circles, but has become a matter of public knowledge recently. Stories about MRSA, called a "super bug" by the media, have appeared all over the nation. There has been considerable concern about this within the public.

USA Wrestling encourages the all members of the wrestling community to educate themselves on these topics.

The material and information contained in this manual are for general information purposes only. You should not rely upon the material or information in this manual as a basis for making any personal decision or decisions for anyone else. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, USA Wrestling makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information contained in this manual or the information, products, services or related graphics contained in this manual for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such material is therefore strictly at your own risk. The information, views, interpretations and/or statements provided in this manual do not necessarily reflect the views of USA Wrestling, nor it Board members, Staff, agents or representatives.

While USA Wrestling believes the enclosed materials to be helpful in preventing and treating of infectious skin disorders, it does not endorse or have any professional opinion on the information provided or products mentioned. Any individual who believes they have contracted any type of infectious disorder should immediately contact and consult with a medical professional on diagnosis and proper treatment.