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In conclusion, those medical cultures should be obtained when
personnel involved with the care of possible, culture-specific antibiotics
athletes should recognize that MRSA initiated, and all necrotic tissue thor-
is a problem that is being increas- oughly debrided. Players and team
ingly recognized. A high degree of officials should be advised on proper
suspicion for this condition should hygiene and wound care to prevent
be present when athletes present the spread of established infections
with skin infections. Risk factors for and reduce the risk of future infec-
infection include breaks in the skin, tion. Only through these means will
close physical contact, and sharing this increasingly recognized problem
of clothing or equipment. Wound be eliminated.

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