MRSA On & Off the Mat
On Saturdays, my gym has a no gi class with rolling afterward. By the time I’m finished, I’m covered in a mix of my own and my partners’ sweat. I always seem to be more aware of how much I need a shower after no gi classes because I don’t have the skin protection of the gi. Luckily, I’ve been able to avoid any fungal or bacterial skin infections in my jiu-jitsu training so far. Among the most worrying of the skin infections is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA – pronounced “Mursa”).
Dr. Day’s Rx for Infection Prevention in Jiu-Jitsu:
While the prevention guidelines above are general, some more jiu-jitsu-specific guidelines are listed below that can help cut down on the risk of contracting or passing skin infections: