I have no idea how IO9′s Keith Veronese came up with the headline ‘MMA Fighters Love Staph Infections’, but MRSA is also a problem in pro football, pro basketball, pro baseball, and even soccer. I guess ‘Football Players Love Staph Infections’ would be a harder sell, especially considering how sacred the NFL is to many Americans.
My experiences as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student suggest that if anything, fighters are more aware of the dangers of staph than the public. Staph infections aren’t only potentially deadly, they’re a major loss of training time. No one wants them, and spreading a disease to the people you train with is a great way to be kicked out of a gym. People who neglect their hygiene or carry infections of some sort (these usually go together) find themselves without training partners and are usually shown the door in short order, and any gym that doesn’t clean their mats after use is no place you should be.… Read the rest