Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

MRSA Infections Afflict NFL Players--Clearstream, LLC Says Athletes at Increased Risk, Advanced Technology Needed

Clearstream, LLC warns of athletes' increased risk of contracting MRSA due to the bacterium's tendency to target crowded areas with lenient hygiene. Clearstream is advancing antimicrobial technology that actively provides long-term protection without the

HARRISBURG, N.C., March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Outbreaks of MRSA were once confined to healthcare facilities, but now the bacterium is commonly found in sports facilities, gyms and even NFL locker rooms—a direct result of lax hygiene, disinfection, and sanitization methods.  In one high-profile NFL case last year, three Tampa Bay Buccaneers contracted MRSA infections (1). Clearstream, LLC, a diversified provider of environmentally-friendly antimicrobial products and services, says that the serious risks associated with MRSA and other bacterial and viral threats require advanced sanitization technology and hygiene methods. Clearstream utilizes sophisticated antimicrobial technologies and advanced long-term application protocols throughout the U.S. including the professional and collegiate sports marketplaces.


MRSA, when diagnosed early in patients, can often be treated and eradicated in days – but because the bacterium is resistant to most antibiotics, delayed action can result in flu-like symptoms and potentially lead to amputation and even death (1).  Federal data suggests that nearly 23,000 people die annually from MRSA — and several NFL players have contracted MRSA within the last decade:

  • Five NFL players on the Rams were infected in 2003;
  • Results of a survey of NFL physicians reported that the league had 33 infections from 2006-2008 (2).

Clearstream CEO Jim Praechtl said these statistics showcase the true risk found in athletic programs across the country – from organized youth leagues to the professional ranks.

"MRSA's resistant nature creates challenging conditions for traditional cleaning protocols, often overburdening their capabilities. Because of this, the introduction of advanced cleaning methods and efficient antimicrobial technologies  become requisite for public health," stated Praechtl.

Praechtl's statement is echoed by reports that football players are 10 to 15 times more likely to contract MRSA than the general population, with linemen and linebackers being the most susceptible to infection (2), likely due to the higher percentage of direct contact with other players.

mPact, Clearstream's service division, has provided its services to professional and collegiate athletic teams for years, including the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Miami Heat, Washington Redskins and the New Jersey Nets. 

To effectively combat MRSA and other bacterial infections, cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection by themselves are not enough. Clearstream COO Tony Daddona maintains that safe, durable barriers must be created through advanced scientific technology. Clearstream offers a breakthrough with the mPact two-step protective solution:

  1. mPerial® Detergent/Disinfectant is an EPA-registered, FDA-approved biocide that provides sanitization and disinfection that eliminates a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi and viruses, and is proven effective against, but not limited to Norovirus (Norwalk virus), MRSA, HIV-1, and Vancomycin intermediate resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (VISA). mPerial, with its grime removing and disinfecting properties is the first step in the mPact protocol. 
  2. mPale® Antimicrobial with æGIS Microbe Shield® is an EPA-registered surface protection technology which, at its core, is a chemistry that renders offending microbes inactive, while doing so safely for the inhabitants. Its unique design allows the formula to bond with virtually all surfaces. This bonding mechanism is the strongest chemical bond attainable and provides treated surfaces with non-leaching, non-toxic and environmentally-safe long-term protection. By permanently altering the surface to which it is applied – a change imperceptible to human touch – the bound mPale technology imparts a durable barrier against microbial attack. This antimicrobial does not migrate from the surface to disrupt offending microbes in contrast to leaching technologies, which eventually deplete and can often result in the mutation of microorganisms and contribute to "superbugs," as well as reoccurring odors, staining and rot. Additionally, leaching antimicrobials have been found to cross the skin barrier in certain contact situations and enter the blood stream, making them a greater concern for high-risk groups like athletes.

In comparison, mPale works to reduce the risk of bacterial, viral and fungal cross contamination on treated surfaces without the use of poisons. The treated surfaces remain physically protected for as long as the surface remains intact.

Praechtl added that while MRSA has garnered substantial attention recently, there are other bacterial and viral contaminants impacting the health of Americans, many of which could be controlled by better maintenance of at-risk environments.

Daddona and Praechtl were inspired to establish Clearstream after witnessing the effects of MRSA, which Daddona's friend, Scott, contracted during a routine appendectomy. Scott has endured 54 operations and is forced to wear a plastic wrap-type girdle to keep his organs in place due to an open wound that refuses to heal because of the disease.

"People like him are the impetus for why we do what we do—our main goal is to improve lives and help maintain a society of increased biological safety," said Daddona.  

Clearstream offers a wide range of EPA-registered and FDA-approved products and services dedicated to reducing cross-contamination by harmful bacteria and viruses.

Clearstream's mPact Game Plan Protection is designed specifically for use in sports facilities to reduce the risk of many common diseases, including, but not limited to MRSA, Staph and athlete's foot.

For more information about Clearstream's products and services, visit

About Clearstream, LLC:

Clearstream is a multi-dimensional and diversified provider of products and services that combines multiple disciplines. Clearstream's environmentally-safe, corrective, and long-term protective solutions employ advanced antimicrobial formulations in the fight against microbial cross-contamination and surface degradation.  Clearstream accomplishes its credo; "Clean, Protect, Preserve" by matching market-driven demands and industry-specific challenges with the most highly-effective products and technical services available.  Clearstream's team of professionals brings years of wide-ranging experience together under one banner. This comprehensive mix of seasoned talent forces innovation, promotes critical concepts, develops efficiencies, and recognizes the importance of making our personal and external environments secure against the unhealthy and destructive effects caused by microbial attack. The company is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has partner-run operations in Florida, Texas, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.  For more information, visit

  1. "MRSA Infection Growing Concern in NFL Locker Rooms."  Web.  4 Mar. 2014.
  2. "MRSA Bacteria Target Crowded Places with Poor Hygiene."  Web.  4 Mar. 2014.

Media Contact: Karla Jo Helms, JoTo PR, 888-202-4614, [email protected],

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach:

SOURCE Clearstream, LLC

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT’s direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Buildi...
Today, we are in the middle of a paradigm shift as we move from managing applications on VMs and containers to embracing everything that the cloud and XaaS (Everything as a Service) has to offer. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Kevin Hoffman, Advisory Solutions Architect at Pivotal Cloud Foundry, will provide an overview of 12-factor apps and migrating enterprise apps to the cloud. Kevin Hoffman is an Advisory Solutions Architect for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and has spent the past 20 years b...
DevOps has often been described in terms of CAMS: Culture, Automation, Measuring, Sharing. While we’ve seen a lot of focus on the “A” and even on the “M”, there are very few examples of why the “C" is equally important in the DevOps equation. In her session at @DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, of F5 Networks, will explore HTTP/1 and HTTP/2 along with Microservices to illustrate why a collaborative culture between Dev, Ops, and the Network is critical to ensuring success.
DevOps delivers remarkable results. But does it help all of IT? Can traditional ‘mode 1’ IT benefit as much as innovative ‘mode 2’? How about the rest of your business? Or have you just shifted your bottleneck? And if so, what can you do about it? Improving dev and ops is necessary, but not sufficient. It often just shifts the burden sideways (e.g., to PMs, SQA, InfoSec, DBAs, NOC, etc.), upstream (to the PMO, Controller, Business Liaison, etc.), or downstream (to TechPubs, Service Desk, Traini...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Secure Infrastructure & Services will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS) is a managed services provider of cloud computing solutions for the IBM Power Systems market. The company helps mid-market firms built on IBM hardware platforms to deploy new levels of reliable and cost-effective computing and hig...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, Chief Architect at CTS, will explore the synergy of Big Data and IoT. First he will take a closer look at the Internet of Things and Big Data individually, in terms of what, which, why, where, when, who, how and how much. Then he will explore the relationship between IoT and Big Data. Specifically, he will drill down to how the 4Vs aspects intersect with IoT: Volume, Variety, Velocity and Value. In turn, Tony will analyze how the key components of IoT ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that has been named a "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. provides open-source software ELK turned into a log analytics platform that is simple, infinitely- scalable, highly available, and secure.
The enterprise is being consumerized, and the consumer is being enterprised. Moore's Law does not matter anymore, the future belongs to business virtualization powered by invisible service architecture, powered by hyperscale and hyperconvergence, and facilitated by vertical streaming and horizontal scaling and consolidation. Both buyers and sellers want instant results, and from paperwork to paperless to mindless is the ultimate goal for any seamless transaction. The sweetest sweet spot in innov...
Mobile messaging has been a popular communication channel for more than 20 years. Finnish engineer Matti Makkonen invented the idea for SMS (Short Message Service) in 1984, making his vision a reality on December 3, 1992 by sending the first message ("Happy Christmas") from a PC to a cell phone. Since then, the technology has evolved immensely, from both a technology standpoint, and in our everyday uses for it. Originally used for person-to-person (P2P) communication, i.e., Sally sends a text...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ProfitBricks, the provider of painless cloud infrastructure, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ProfitBricks is the IaaS provider that offers a painless cloud experience for all IT users, with no learning curve. ProfitBricks boasts flexible cloud servers and networking, an integrated Data Center Designer tool for visual control over the...
“The Internet of Things transforms the way organizations leverage machine data and gain insights from it,” noted Splunk’s CTO Snehal Antani, as Splunk announced accelerated momentum in Industrial Data and the IoT. The trend is driven by Splunk’s continued investment in its products and partner ecosystem as well as the creativity of customers and the flexibility to deploy Splunk IoT solutions as software, cloud services or in a hybrid environment. Customers are using Splunk® solutions to collect ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo® and DevOps Summit 2015 Silicon Valley, which will take place November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Alert Logic provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid IT infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for cust...
Organizations already struggle with the simple collection of data resulting from the proliferation of IoT, lacking the right infrastructure to manage it. They can't only rely on the cloud to collect and utilize this data because many applications still require dedicated infrastructure for security, redundancy, performance, etc. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Emil Sayegh, CEO of Codero Hosting, will discuss how in order to resolve the inherent issues, companies need to combine dedicated a...
You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.”
Clearly the way forward is to move to cloud be it bare metal, VMs or containers. One aspect of the current public clouds that is slowing this cloud migration is cloud lock-in. Every cloud vendor is trying to make it very difficult to move out once a customer has chosen their cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Naveen Nimmu, CEO of Clouber, Inc., will advocate that making the inter-cloud migration as simple as changing airlines would help the entire industry to quickly adopt the cloud wit...