The Science and Expertise Behind a Clean Locker Room

The spread of disease or germ-related illnesses can ruin an otherwise promising football season. Here is one company that can help prevent such a nightmare scenario.

Spotlight: UVC Area Disinfecting Specialists

Coaches rarely want to think about Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) or locker room sanitation until it’s too late. But the spread of disease or germ-related illnesses can ruin an otherwise promising football season. UVC Area Disinfecting Specialists give coaches and players the peace of mind needed so they can focus on football.

Webber International University head coach Kelly Scott heard the horror stories of players contracting MRSA, staph infections and other bacteria-related illnesses. He didn’t want to think it could happen to his team, but he was certainly realistic enough to recognize that his team’s locker room smelled like a … well … locker room.

“I’m one of those guys that reads those stories and wonders if I’m doing the right thing for the young men on my team,” Scott said. “My athletic trainer pointed out UVCADS, and they came in and took care of everything.”

Scott no longer spends much time thinking about the spread of disease and germs in his locker room, and that’s the way he likes it. The specialists at UVCADS think about it for him.

UVCADS uses a multifaceted process to kill the germs that lead to MRSA and Staph infections. They use a combination of high output ozone generators, ozone disinfection chambers and high-powered UVC lights. The UVC technology is the same technology that is used in isolation wards in hospitals and the ozone chambers are used by NFL and NHL teams to disinfect their pads and helmets.

“The first thing we’ll do is place the pads and helmets into our ozone chamber and let it run for a 30- to 40-minute cycle,” said UVCADS Founder James O’Donoghue. “We’ll label each completed piece of equipment with dates, giving the coaches and players confidence in the cleanliness of their equipment.”

UVCADS then starts the process of disinfecting and deodorizing the locker rooms, training rooms and coaches’ areas. The beauty of this system is no area is too big or too small. There are two separate systems working in conjunction with each other to create a clean, safe and comfortable environment for the players and staff alike. The first step in the process is the use of the high-output ozone generators. These machines use electricity to convert the O2 (oxygen) into O3 (ozone). When the ozone molecules contact viruses, bacteria and odor all three are destroyed on a molecular level and the ozone reverts back to oxygen.

The second tool we use in our arsenal is UVC lights,” O’Donoghue said. “UVC light is naturally filtered out by the ozone layer, but here we use special bulbs that produce this particular band of UV light. UVC light penetrates the cell membrane of viruses and bacteria and alters the structure of the RNA and DNA preventing reproduction.”

This all sounds very scientific, but the bottom line is UVCADS uses two all-natural 100 percent green processes to disinfect and deodorize equipment and facilities without exposing players, coaches or the equipment to harmful chemicals.

UVCADS doesn’t just work with athletic programs. The company has also treated high schools, commercial buildings, residential homes and gymnasiums.”

After his experience with UVCADS, Scott recommended that Webber International University use the company to disinfect the campus dorms. UVCADS did just that in a 52-room dormitory.

“Our locker room doesn’t smell like a locker room,” Scott said.

UVCADS is a 100-percent green solution for area and surface disinfection, equipment sanitation and odor

James O’Donoghue and his father, Jim, are partners in owning and operating UVCADS. James has a background in engineering and is currently a U.S. Army Deep Sea Diver, and Jim is the father of five former high school and college athletes. Between the two they saw a need for a healthier more comfortable environment for student athletes.

“We understand that high schools have a limited budget in terms of extra-curriculars,” James O’Donoghue said. “We’re trying to give teams a clean, safe environment without making it cost-prohibitive for anybody. We’ll work with booster clubs and parents to offset the cost to the program and create a cost effective solution.”

O’Donoghue estimates the cost of UVCADS services typically break down to about $20 per player, although square footage of locker room space and the amount of equipment are determining factors.

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Dan Guttenplan is FNF Coaches senior managing editor. Do you have a thought about this article you would like to share? Send him an email at, tweet us @fnfcoaches or share it on the Coaches Chat Board.