By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Editor
One potential positive to take away from the coronavirus outbreak has been the way in which coaches have prioritized sports hygiene by adopting protocol for all athletes to follow at home, in the locker room and on the field.
Clear Gear has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus on hard, non-porous surfaces. Clear Gear Spray is perfect for a coach’s daily sanitation routine because the spray eliminates odors and kills harmful bacteria.
Clear Gear representative Margaret Mason recently joined FNF Coaches for a Q&A on the ways in which coaches can prevent their athletes from infection and the spread of viruses.
What type of disinfecting schedule should coaches set up when a team is in-season?
A protocol should be set up with each team and followed daily. After each workout, practice and game, athletes, coaches and parents should follow the protocol to keep gear, equipment, uniform and footwear infection free. Specifics include:
- Anything worn or sweated in should be disinfected after each use and allowed to dry.
- High touch areas in a facility should be disinfected daily.
- Facilities should be disinfected weekly.
What is the process for cleaning equipment with Clear Gear Spray? How intensive is it for coaches?
Clear Gear is easy to use: spray and let dry. Just make sure to cover all surfaces and get inside the pads, helmet and other equipment.
How careful do coaches need to be about coming in contact with the disinfectant spray?
With any disinfectant, care should be given while spraying. Once Clear Gear is dry, the equipment and gear is safe to use.
Why is it so important to disinfect equipment – particularly given all that is going on in the world?
Sweat, bodily contact between athletes, open wounds, and shared environments (weight room, door knobs, etc.) all contribute to germ proliferation. Infection control is like a spider web. It must be attacked and managed at multiple entry points to truly keep athletes safe.