News 12 at 11 o'clock, November 2, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It's game time and the Augusta Christian football team is laced up and ready to play. But with all the hard hits and contact, Coach Bruce Lane wants to make sure his players are protected from MRSA.
"They're teenagers and they don't even think about it. You have to remind them to cover up their cuts and scratches and keep them treated because we all think it's going to happen to someone else," said Lane.
Football players are especially at risk because MRSA is spread through contact -- and there's definitely a lot of that on the football fields.
To kill the bacteria, each player's personal clothing is washed and dried at the school. Their football helmets and pads are cleaned too and the locker room also get a daily cleaning. It's a 360-degree effort to keep MRSA away.
"We wash our kids uniforms and all their practice gear each and everyday and try to keep it a sterile sanitized environment," continued Lane.
In fact, Lane says the only thing Augusta Christian athletes have to wash at home is their socks.
Coach Lane says this way he knows each kid can focus and play the game in a clean uniform.