Did you know that “staph infections” are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, a type of germ commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections. However, staph can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. [CNN, health. Online. 2011]
This is one of the reasons why at Clockwork Jiu Jitsu we insist that shoes be removed upon entry, that you are wearing a clean Jiu Jitsu uniform, and have your nails clipped prior to participation.
HELP US KEEP YOU HEALTHY!
We do our due diligence to ensure our mat space is clean, constantly disinfecting with hospital-grade cleaners. Soap, hand sanitizer, disposable paper towels, and first aid are always available. Member laundry and towel service are washed daily in hot water with detergent and bleach. Also, any soiled gym clothes and equipment left behind are discarded if not claimed in a timely manner.
At Clockwork Jiu Jitsu, proper hygiene is not simply recommended, but should be considered mandatory.
What a lot of us tend to forget is that practicing good hygiene before and after training is just as important as showing up, and the truth is: it’s more of a medical importance than a social one.
What some beginner and even experienced grapplers don’t realize is that there are a lot of nasty things that are easily transmittable while grappling. Ringworm and Staph are the two most common issues encountered.
Having poor hygiene means you are putting yourself, your coaches, and your sparring partners at an unnecessary risk. It is important to know, however, that these issues are PREVENTABLE and TREATABLE.
“Your skin is a vital barrier against abrasions and pathogens, and proper hygiene is the best way to keep your skin healthy…Removing dead cells, dirt and microbes on the skin surface is key to [maintaining] good hygiene.”
In other words, wash your hands and take a shower before arriving and after training, and if you suspect you have a skin infection, please do the right thing and stay off the mat.
Check out a general list of suggestions to help continue to promote a safe and clean training environment and Jiu Jitsu experience for everyone involved after the jump…