While playing organized sports is a great way to get exercise, buses and locker rooms may be perfect breeding grounds for infectious disease.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep your team healthier:
- Do not share water bottles, mouth guards, towels or other personal items.
- Encourage personal hygiene that includes frequent showers and washing of sports equipment.
- Enforce pre-sports physicals to rule out skin infections and ensure that players are up to date on vaccines.