Nobody likes being sick, and an illness during the season can have severe implications for an athlete’s career. Last season, Wisconsin’s Mount Horeb/Barneveld High School football team had to forfeit their last game of the regular season due to a flu virus that laid low the entire team. Luckily, they still slid into the playoffs and had a week to get healthy.
In case you didn’t know, athletes who choose to show up and participate in practices while sick not only infect other players, they also slow down their own healing process. To stay healthy during the fall and winter flu seasons, follow these six simple tips from the The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when you are sick: If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Clean your hands: Washing your hands will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
Practice other good health habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.