Prevention of Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in the Athletic Environment

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Abstract

SUMMARY

AN INCREASED INCIDENCE OF COMMUNITY-ASSOCIATED METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (CA-MRSA) INFECTIONS HAS EMERGED WITHIN THE ATHLETIC POPULATION. ORIGINALLY THOUGHT OF AS A NOSOCOMIAL INFECTION (AN INFECTION THAT ORIGINATES IN A HOSPITAL), METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS HAS EMERGED AMONG POPULATIONS WITHOUT TRADITIONAL RISK FACTORS. WITHIN THE ATHLETIC POPULATION, CA-MRSA OFTEN PRESENTS AS EITHER SKIN OR SOFT TISSUE INFECTION. THIS ARTICLE SEEKS TO PRESENT A REVIEW OF CA-MRSA INCLUDING THE RECOGNITION OF OUTBREAKS, MODES OF TRANSMISSION, AND PREVENTATIVE INTERVENTIONS FOR THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL.

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