Skin infections aren’t the only things that can keep your athletes off the mats. Wrestling season just so happens to coincide with flu season. It’s important for coaches, athletes, and parents to understand the implications of the flu virus—and most importantly, how to prevent contracting and spreading the flu.
- What is it? Also known as influenza, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and in some cases lungs.1
- How is it spread? The flu is typically spread through tiny droplets derived from coughing, sneezing, or talking. The flu may also be spread through surfaces contaminated with the virus.1
- Is it serious? Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe, and the virus usually lasts between several days and 2 weeks. In some cases, however, the flu can last longer and lead to serious complications or even death.2
8 Ways to Prevent the Flu
It takes a village! If you encourage athletes, parents, your staff, and yourself to take the following measures, you can dramatically decrease the risk of contracting and spreading the flu:
- Get the flu vaccine!
- Maintain good hand washing habits.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If sick, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth in case you’ve touched a surface contaminated with the flu virus.
- Disinfect mats and equipment before and after use.
- Boost the immune system by getting good sleep, eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly.
- 8. Add an advanced hygiene step with Theraworx Protect. Applying our non-toxic, no-rinse solution before and after practices and meets supports your wrestlers’ natural skin barrier. To learn more or place an order, contact John Kaltenborn at 540-421-7972 or [email protected].
1. Key facts about influenza (flu). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm. Accessed October 20, 2017.
2. Flu symptoms & complications. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/complications.htm#complications. Accessed October 20, 2017.
3. Estimated influenza illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths averted by vaccination in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/2015-16.htm. Accessed October 20, 2017.
4. Walgreens 2013 flu impact report. http://www.multivu.com/players/English/62923-walgreens-flu-season2013/links/62923-2013-Flu-Impact-Survey-10-11-13.pdf. Accessed October 20, 2017.