Warning: this is not a "feel good" message; it's awkward.
There are some things that are not easy to say to people. So here is a little public service announcement from Minnesota Top Team to, well....everyone.
Toenails are gross. But, we must ask everyone to keep them (and fingernails) trim. This is a very legitimate request, especially to those in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but essentially it applies to everyone. The truth of the matter is that staph infections happen when staph, which usually sits harmlessly on our skin, gets into our bodies via a cut or scrape and that's when it turns dangerous. Surely you've heard the nightmare stories about amputations and life threatening infections caused by staph so I won't go into it. Let me just reiterate that it would behoove you to keep your fingers and toenails trim.
While we're on the hygiene subject....No mater the time of year but epescially when the weather is warmer and everyone is getting sweatier. Whether you are in Boxing, Muay Thai, Circuit Class, Jiu Jitsu/Judo, MMA Mixed Martial Arts, or CrossFit please bring a towel to MN Top Team with you and wipe yourself and your mat off. For those in BJJ, you are intimately aware that other people's butts end up dangerously close to your face. Therefore, it is a common courtesy to try to be conscious of how clean your ass is.
You should also consider regularly washing your gym clothes and your gi --I mean seriously those things end up weighing 10x their weight with all the sweat you are accumulating in the 1 1/2 hour class. Stuffing it in your gym bag until the next class is just not nice.
We take staph infection and ringworm seriously. That being said, you should know that we have not had any issues with this to date, we are just trying to maintain a proactive stance. You can have complete confidence that we are doing our part to keep our gym environment and mats bleached and cleaned regularly. To that end, here are some additional tips:
- Check your breath, we'll be getting close.
- Clean your butt.
- Keep your toenails and fingernails under control.
Protect yourself and your friends and cover any open cuts, scrapes or scabs with tape prior to any workouts.
Take a shower after you workout - and maybe sometimes before.
Pay attention to a scratch, bruise, or cut that becomes red, hot