Sports Equipment & Facilities
From the neighborhood ice den and gyms to regional facilities, professional sports stadiums and training facilities where youth, college and professional-level athletes compete, practice, receive therapy for injuries, and travel — both domestically and internationally — there is a wide variety of opportunity for the transmission of infectious organisms.
Harmful Viruses and Bacteria in Sports Environments
Staphylococcal aureus, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcal aureus (MRSA), Herpes simplex and Hepatitis are among the more common infectious diseases transmitted through sports activities (foodborne disease and athletes foot aside).
Although the most common mode of transmission is direct, person-to-person contact (primarily skin-to-skin), disease transmission from shared equipment, gym mats, showers, shared water bottles, whirl pools, cold tubs and workout machines is increasingly common.
In more extreme contact contact sports such as football, hockey and mixed martial arts, blood borne transmission also poses a risk. And cosmetic shaving (i.e. of the chest or legs) has been associated with increased outbreaks of MRSA.
Old Techniques to Combat Evolved Pathogens
While there are preventative methods the athletes themselves can take, many facilities are using outdated and largely ineffective spraying and wiping techniques of 1:100 mixture of household bleach and water to sanitize the environment and equipment. Others are using more advanced disinfecting spray services that use harsh chemicals, detergents or ozone solutions, which require a shut down of the facility altogether for a period of time.
Unfortunately, those techniques are not only harmful to humans and to the environment, they also quickly damage leather, wood and porous surfaces on equipment. Moreover, they cannot be used on fine electronics or medical equipment often used to treat sports injuries at the college and professional levels.
That means added risk to facility staff and athletes—and in many cases—thousands or millions of dollars in annual equipment replacement expenses.
The New Standard in Infectious Disease Control
Level4 Bio safely and effectively kills harmful viruses and bacteria in sports environments, including directly on electronics, medical equipment, sports equipment, mats, player equipment and gear, and throughout the entire facility environment. Our unparalleled power sanitizing service quickly and cost-effectively sanitizes the entire area, drying fast and leaving the area and equipment ready for immediate use. Our formula even keeps on sanitizing after it dries for as much as 24 hours.
Better still, our mobile unit can sanitize athletic equipment as athletes come back into the facility to help minimize the risk of recontamination after the environment has been sanitized.NOTE: facilities pictured are example environments.