Training Jiujitsu for as long as I have, you tend to see some crazy things. Guys leaving their gi's in their cars or at the school to "DRY OUT" so they can wear it later that evening. Folks walking around barefoot inside and out, in the bathrooms and then coming into the training areas. This can be very unsafe for you and your TEAM. Taking precautions and making everyone at the gym aware of the dangers is vital to keeping a clean safe training environment.
At Davis Martial Arts in Humble, we do everything we can to prevent the spread of staph or ringworm thru awareness and preventive awareness. We have brought in the services of DIS-IN-FX. This is a company that comes in regularly to spray and sanitize the mats and gear. They run regular analysis of the training area, mats, gear and entire school. They spray and disinfect the everything. In between their visits we sweep, scrub, mop, etc.. everything we need to do in order to maintain a standard of cleanliness we all enjoy. Keeping the school clean and presentable to the public and our students is very important to us.
Jiujitsu is a close contact sport. Its easy to transfer anything from one student to the next. Flu, ringworm, and staph are some examples of what can bring our type of Art to a stand still.
Some examples of some easy ways to help fight off an in-house epidemic:
1. Keep your gi/training gear washed and clean.
2. Keep yourself washed and clean(remember soap is your friend)
3. If you see signs of infection, notify your instructor immediately(DO NOT COME IN TO TRAIN WITH TAPE ON A RINGWORM OR STAPH INFECTION: I WILL SEND YOU HOME!)
4. Flu season-If your coughing, or have a fever, STAY HOME!
Ringworm is a skin infection due to a fungus. Often, there are several patches of ringworm on your skin at once. Ringworm occurs when a type of fungus called tinea grows and multiplies on your skin. Ringworm can spread easily from one person to another. You can catch ringworm if you touch someone who has the infection, or if you come into contact with items contaminated by the fungus, such as combs, unwashed clothing, and shower or pool surfaces. You can also catch ringworm from pets that carry the fungus. The fungus that causes ringworm thrive in warm, moist areas. Ringworm is more likely to occur when you are wet (such as from sweating) and from minor injuries to your skin, scalp, or nails.
To care for ringworm: Keep your skin clean and dry. Apply over-the-counter antifungal or drying powders, lotions, or creams that contain miconazole, clotrimazole, or similar ingredients.
A staph infection is caused by a Staphylococcus (or "staph") bacteria. Actually, about 25% of people normally carry staph in the nose, mouth, genitals, or anal area, and don’t have symptoms of an infection. The foot is also very prone to picking up bacteria from the floor. The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. This can look like honey-yellow crusting on the skin. These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections. The difference between all these is the strength of the infection, how deep it goes, how fast it spreads, and how treatable it is with antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to treat staph infections. But there's been a gradual change in how well these antibiotics work. While most staph infections used to be treatable with penicillin, stronger antibiotics are now used.
The bottom line is that there is a fine line between dedicated, and disrespectful. Keep yourself clean and safe and always try and remember the other guys and girls that train with you.
Jiujitsu is a growing sport. With more and more people joining academies, the need for awareness grows. Keeping a clean, safe training environment is essential for a successful school. Take care of yourself and the others around will do the same
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