College football teams try to stave off a bunch of players missing games due to the flu.
As players across Texas and the nation prepare for a new season, the high-tech world of college football is taking on the essential dynamics of a second-grade health class.
“Wash your hands,” said Mike O’Shea, head athletic trainer at the University of Houston. “Stay away from guys if they’re sneezing. If you feel sick, go to the health center.”
At UH, O’Shea said he and coaches have emphasized basic hygiene in an effort to guard against illness. The UH health center is distributing bottles of hand sanitizer and distributing flyers from the Centers for Disease Control displaying the six stages of proper hand-washing technique and tips for covering mouths in case of coughs and sneezes.
Yeah, signs admonishing us to wash our hands and to cough carefully have shown up where I work, too. I find them amusing, but it is serious. Nobody wants the flu.
Elsewhere, Houston, Texas and Texas A&M are among schools that have reported no problems with flu-like symptoms thus far.
I feel certain that by the end of the year, no matter how much hand-washing they do, every team will have had someone experience flu-like symptoms.