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Wrestling mats: are they a source of ringworm infections?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16558657     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine if the fungal molds (dermatophytes) responsible for causing ringworm could be isolated from a section of wrestling mat during the 1998-1999 season. DESIGN AND SETTING: A 2-part study was conducted. The first phase involved a culture evaluation of material taken from wrestling mats at 8 local high schools. The second phase was a bench laboratory study to determine if the fungus and molds could be grown from a wrestling mat in an optimal setting. SUBJECTS: We obtained material from areas of the practice mats of 8 high school wrestling teams at monthly intervals during the wrestling season. A 0.61-m (2-ft)x 0.31-m (1-ft) area of mat from 1 of the schools was used for the laboratory phase of the study. MEASUREMENTS: We cultured samples taken from each school's wrestling mats for growth of dermatophytes and used a questionnaire to determine the mat-washing habits and policies of each school. Also, wrestlers from the 8 schools were screened weekly by the designated team physician and certified athletic trainer. Any suspicious lesions were cultured for fungi. RESULTS: No dermatophytes were grown from the swab specimens taken at the 8 schools, and no dermatophytes were isolated from a section of mat evaluated in optimal laboratory conditions. CONCLUSIONS: It is unlikely that wrestling mats are a source of ringworm infections in wrestlers.
T D Kohl; D C Martin; R Nemeth; D L Evans
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of athletic training     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1938-162X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Athl Train     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-29     Completed Date:  2010-07-02     Revised Date:  2010-09-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301647     Medline TA:  J Athl Train     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  427-30     Citation Subset:  -    
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