1. Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed. A cut or scrape weakens the skin’s defense and allows germs that cause infections to enter.
2. Prevent blisters to reduce infections. Apply a pad, gel or spray to areas that routinely blister. To help prevent blisters on the feet, ankles and hands, consider using specialized gloves and socks or wearing two pairs of socks. Athletes should also make sure that their footwear fits properly.
3. Wear moisture-wicking clothes. This helps keep the athlete’s skin dry and prevents germs from growing.
4. Wear sandals in the locker room. Wearing sandals or other shoes helps reduce infections on the feet.
5. Shower after every practice and game. In addition, athletes should use an antimicrobial soap and wash their entire body.