If you plan to make this sport a serious part of you life, then staying healthy is going to be one of your number one priorities. Avoiding injury, sprains and the like are expected norms that you’ll be dealing with constantly, on and off the field.
However, what’s lurking in the shadows are germs and infectious substances that’ll blind side you when you’re least expecting it. And to make matters worse, the carriers of these infectious agents are right under your nose every day.
So here’s some suggestions:
Whether at school, traveling, or just plain socializing with friends, be mindful of the places and circumstances that can lead to your getting sick, real sick. For example, at school you’ll be opening and closing doors while entering and leaving a classroom. Thus the door handles will be touched by all kinds of people - healthy and not so health. You’ll have no idea where these people came from prior to handling that classroom door- like the bathroom or gym. Also, the hands are commonly placed in front of the face for coughing, scratching the head, passing papers around from the teacher, and so on. All of these things are a transporter for germs and infectious substances.
What makes matters worse, is that food is commonly a handheld item at school lunches. Hot doges, pizza, hamburgers, rolls, chips, and other food stuffs offer germs and infectious substances a ready ride into your body.
Eating out at your local restaurant, or on away trips with your club, can offer another opportunity to come in contact with germs and infectious substances. This is especially the case when entering the establishment - grabbing on to the door handles, sitting at a table with your hands on the table’s surface, and the most common carrier are the utensils that you’re about to use to eat with. With respect to eating utensils, you have no idea who has handled those items before you. In fact, the longer eating utensils sit in the open, the more vulnerable they are to all kinds of things.
Here’s some suggestions:
- Never place your hands in contact with your face, mouth, eyes, ears, and so on, without first washing your hands.
- Never touch food that’s about to be eaten until you’ve washed your hands.
- If you have a school lunch, be very mindful of the plates and other items that you’re about to eat off of.
- At school, watch for the way food is being prepared and placed out. Notice anyone with colds, sniffles, or just not feeling well - AVOID the food being placed or served by that person (s).
Now don’t be counter-productive here and tell me that … “well, suppose it’s all I got!” Then I’ll simply say … “get sick, deal with it.” Don’t be pressured into conducting yourself in a course of action that you know better to avoid.
- In a restaurant, examine the eating utensils very carefully. Look for small pieces of food still stuck on the fork, knife or spoon. Examine the plates for a grease film and other coatings. Don’t settle for being shy about this.
A travel kit with all serious athletes contains two very basic items that will prevent a lot of germs and infectious substances entering the body via eating, and they are alcohol wipes and antibacterial hand sanitizes spray. Both can be used to clean your hands. However, they are used most commonly in this fashion:
- antibacterial hand sanitizes sprays are carried around in a small pen like container that can be dispensed at the press of a finger on the top of the pen. A light spray of antibacterial lotion will come out and the hands are then rubbed together. Most of the lotion with be absorbed by the hands and the rest will evaporate. The greatest opportunity of benefitting from this application is just prior to eating food that your hands come in contact with. Also, it’s not a bad idea to used this lotion once or twice during the day, or even more, during heavy cold and flu season.
- alcohol wipes are handy to have when you enter a restaurant or other eating establishment where utensils are placed for your use. Simply take one wipe cloth out of its package, unfold it, then wipe the fork, knife and spoon that you’re about to use. The majority of the germs and other substances on these utensils will be taken away.
A picture of what I’m referring to is shown below.
Now I know there are some that say…” Ahwww come on… I’m not going to all that trouble just so I can sidestep a cold or something!”.
Well, I’ve heard that by some over the years and I can tell you for a fact - food poisoning on the road, during an away game, or from a fancy restaurant is not joke. In fact, it can kill you. Then there’s the time when you’ve got the game of life to show your stuff … but nope … you’re stuck in a stall.
If you want to be consider as pro stock … start planning to act like it. Plan to stay healthy at all costs.