As an athlete, you are constantly exposed to germs—in classrooms, locker rooms, gyms and elsewhere. While you may take precautions by frequently washing your hands, this sometimes is not enough. You could contract a major illness—such as H1N1 influenza, MRSA or a staph infection, any one of which could lead to missed practices, lost playing time, or even career- and life-threatening illnesses. The staph infection contracted by retired NFL center LeCharles Bentley nearly killed him.
Germs abound in the weight room. Let's say you're working out and touch a bar or bench that several teammates have already used. After a tough set, you wipe sweat off your face with your hand. Any germs or bacteria that were on the bar or bench can be transferred from your hand to your face and mouth, potentially leading to an illness. Weight room equipment is an inviting place for germs and bacteria. Seats and pads that grow warm and damp from constant use provide an ideal environment for bacteria and odor-causing mold and mildew to grow.
Instead of washing your hands after each set, hit the problem at its source with a new product called Germ Blitz.
Germ Blitz is an EPA-approved disinfectant specifically formulated to kill 99.9 percent of all germs, including H1N1, staph bacteria, MRSA, herpes, ringworm and impetigo—among others. It also kills mold and mildew to help eliminate unwanted odor.
Germ Blitz is different from other disinfectants in that it is designed for athletes and their equipment. When training, athletes encounter various surfaces and materials that require different treatment to eliminate germs. For example, a metal barbell needs a quick wipe, but foam elbow pad must be sprayed so the disinfectant can penetrate and kill all the germs, not just ones living on the surface.
Athletic programs and training facilities can use Germ Blitz to disinfect gym and team equipment, pads or mats—items that are particularly hard to keep clean. Germ Blitz offers a convenient solution for maintaining a safe and healthy environment, free of germs and bacteria.
To help keep athletes healthy and performing at their best, Germ Blitz offers three varieties of their product, all light weight and easy to carry in a gym bag:
Germ Blitz Disinfectant Aerosol Spray [$13] – Best for hard-to-reach and porous areas, like shoes, cleats, equipment bags and gear.
Germ Blitz Disinfectant Wipes [$16] – Quick and easy to use on hard surfaces and plastic equipment, like shoulder pads, helmets and other protective gear.
Check out Germ Blitz's website for purchasing information.
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