Health Issues

How Dirty Is Your Gear?

Lab results showing bacteria, mold, yeast and fungus growing from a hockey players elbow pad ten days after being cultured in the lab.
(Bacteria present shown under magnification)
Yeast and three type of fungus and mold growing on protective wear.

The "distinctive" smell associated with sports equipment is caused by the sweat, mucus, dander, blood, and sports drinks that have soaked into the equipment.  This mix of proteins and organic matter provide an ideal breeding ground for the growth of bacteria, fungus and mold.  These contaminants pose a health threat to the player as they can enter the body via cuts and abrasions and cause serious infection.

Laboratories have identified a number of harmful agents in sports equipment. They include:

  • Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Staphylococcus Epidermis
  • Streptococcus Viridans
  • Streptococcus Faecalis
  • Enterics
  • Coliform
  • Yeast
  • Fungus
  • Mold

There has been a noticeable increase in infectious disease outbreaks in schools that have a direct connection to sports equipment.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new recommendations for schools to routinely clean sports equipment in response to outbreaks of infectious MRSA.

This form of Staphylococcus Aureus is easily transmitted via towels, sports equipment, and direct contact.
See http://www.thedenverchannel.com/health/3851753/detail.html where Denver Broncos Trainer Steve Antonopolus is quoted on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

When cleaned properly using Esporta's Wash systems and our specially formulated enzyme based detergents and disinfectants these contaminates are eliminated at the source. No other method of cleaning compares to our total cleaning solution when it comes to eliminating blood, proteins, mucus, bacteria, fungus and mold from sports equipment.