How can athletes and coaches prevent skin infections?

Athletes and coaches can take easy steps to prevent skin infections.

Having good hygiene is the number one step in prevention. Washing your hands, showering before and after sporting events and practices, washing clothes, and cleaning equipment are key to preventing and stopping the spread of skin infections. 

Also, remember not to share towels, soap, lotion, or other personal care items.

When using exercise equipment, lay a towel down as a protective barrier between the machine and your skin. 

Coaches need to be diligent about making sure equipment is clean and good health routines are maintained throughout every sport season.

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