Is Your Training Making You Sick?

  • By Susan Lacke
  • Published Nov 5, 2013
  • Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM UTC

Lather Up

Frequent hand washing is the most important and least expensive component of illness prevention, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Lather well with soap and rub vigorously for 20 seconds before rinsing.

Alcohol-based sanitizers, which don’t require water, are an acceptable alternative to soap-and-water hand washing, so long as the product contains a high percentage of alcohol (experts suggest an alcohol content of at least 60 percent).

As an extra precaution, strive to keep fingers away from the body’s most vulnerable entry points for bacteria and viruses: the eyes, nose and mouth.

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FILED UNDER: Injury Prevention / Race Recovery / Training

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