DICON talks with New York Times about Infection Prevention in the NFL

"It's a job hazard for people who play football," Dr. Deverick Anderson told the New York Times in a recent article on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and professional football players.

Dr. Anderson is a consultant to the NFL and helps guide infection control strategies for athletes in the league.

Contact sports like football put players at a much higher risk for MRSA exposure. Research conducted at the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network found that football players were 7-10 times more likely to have MRSA on their skin as compared to the general public. Certain habits, like body shaving and refusing to shower after practice, can increase the risk of developing a serious, drug resistant bacterial infections. 

DICON has worked with the NFL to develop a detailed infection control manual, which is discussed with and used by teams throughout the league. 

Find out more about our infection prevention and education work in the NFL