The 2016 Summer Olympics start in less than two months. Concerns of health dangers in Rio de Janeiro have athletes contemplating risking their chances at an Olympic medal versus the risks to their own health. As, the World Health Organization (WHO) went on record to say there is not a justification for postponing or cancelling the Olympics, the U.S. Swimming team moved a pre-Olympic training camp from Puerto Rico amid concerns of the Zika virus. The Zika virus is only one of the health risks athletes may face as they compete.

Athletes, Germs & Gym Safety

In general, any athlete runs into illness-causing bacteria and fungi anytime at a training facility, gym, or other location where sweat may spread germs from bodily fluids. Locker rooms to exercise machines should be sanitized for odor-causing microbes, such as mold and mildew, and for bacteria like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections more commonly known as staph infections.

The bacteria can be found in high school, college, and professional locker rooms and anywhere athletes exercise. Any items that athletes touch during and after exercise can become the home for harmful bacteria and viruses. A recent study by the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine showed that Staph cultures remained on sports balls 72 hours after the culture was placed on the balls. Natural News details the top 10 places where germs can live at exercise facilities.

Protecting Athletes From Germs is Serious Business

There are ways athletes and the general public working out at a gym can avoid germs, but the first line of defense at any exercise facility should be a managed sanitation system. Most common household cleaners provide only three minutes of active protection before they dry and the area is contaminated again. This is not a strong defense against superbugs and powerful viruses.

The expert team at GermLogic uses six unique sanitation and purification options to rid a facility of bacteria, including heat remediation that eliminates MRSA, E. coli, mold, and viruses. Read more how athletes can prevent the spread of germs and contact the experts at GermLogic to be the first defenders sanitizing your training facility or gym.