Public Health Data Inventory

MRSA Infections in Athletes


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) originally emerged in hospital settings and in patients with a recent history of hospital-associated care. It wasn’t until the 1990s that MRSA began to appear with increasing frequency in hospital emergency rooms and doctor’s offices without any relation to prior hospital exposure. Close physical contact, a break in the skin, and sharing equipment and clothing place student athletes at additional risk of MRSA transmission. Basic infection control practices for athletics settings include implementing environmental sanitation measures and personal behaviors.

Type of Data

The data are population-based for point-in-time study.

Data Collection Method and Availability

A brief report is generated and reported back to Nebraska high schools and the Nebraska School Activities Association after each data collection twice a year. An online survey is administered during fall and winter sport seasons. Data are not collected and retained in a structured database. Data are only reported for each survey and these surveys are maintained separately. Data have been collected twice a school year since 2006. 

Related Links and Reports

School Health Program Page

Guidelines for School health: MRSA in School, athletics and child care

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-1373

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