Sports-O-Zone Backs Up Super Bowl Teams with Killer Offense Against Staph Infections

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A small firm in Elkhart, Ind., is helping the Super Bowl teams and other athletic powers prevent serious staph infections with a patented ozone sanitizing treatment.

What does ozone have to do with the Super Bowl? For a small Indiana firm, thriving in the Hoosier county that is the recession’s poster child, it means tackling one of sports’ dirty little secrets at the highest level of competition.

Sports-O-Zone has made its presence felt in a big way with the Colts and Saints along with other NFL teams looking to limit the exposure of its athletes to bacterial infections and other pathogens, including the increasingly hard-to-contain MRSA — Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. MRSA is a potentially deadly type of drug-resistant “super staph” that has become more prevalent in recent years.

MRSA and other pathogens are a persistent problem at the high school, college and professional levels, as well, as the bumps and abrasions of contact sports such as football, hockey, lacrosse and wrestling, which leave athletes particularly vulnerable to bacteria transmitted from equipment, uniforms, and even locker room towels. Athletes at all sporting levels have battled such infections.

Sports-O-Zone has been in the forefront of using ozone to eliminate the threat of bacteria. Sports-O-Zone’s patented sanitation chamber uses technology that mimics a lightning strike to create a concentrated amount of ozone that saturates and quickly sanitizes equipment placed in it, such as helmets, shoulder pads and hockey gloves, along with uniforms and towels.

Currently 12 NFL teams, including most of the recent Super Bowl participants, use the Sports-O-Zone Sanitizing System. Unlike wiping down equipment with liquid or spray sanitizers, Sports-O-Zone treatment is a concentrated gas that can permeate every crevice to provide 99.9 percent effectiveness, said Mark Eades, Sports-O-Zone’s director of sales.

With the growing awareness of the potential dangers of MRSA and other pathogens in locker rooms, Sports-O-Zone’s sales have taken off over the past two years, with inquiries continuing to jump so far in 2010. Sport-O-Zone treatments can not only be found at every level of athletic competition but with police SWAT teams, the U.S. Border Patrol, law enforcement and military units as well.

“We have not had a case of MRSA, since starting to use the Sports-O-Zone sanitizing system,” said Dan Davies, Head Athletic Trainer, Bowdoin College.

“This is green method of sanitation,” Eades noted. “We pull oxygen out of the air and turn it into ozone. When the ozone hits the bacteria, it reverts back into oxygen. There are no toxic chemicals to spray, wipe or irritate the skin. It does the job faster and more thoroughly.”

“We like to think we’re part of what makes a champion by keeping players healthy and able to perform their best,” said Eades. “As these teams have had to elevate their game to get to the Super Bowl, we’ve elevated the game of countering MRSA. Just shows what the right kind of offense can do.”

For more information about Sports-O-Zone and the challenge of athletic infections, visit or contact Mark Eades at 574-294-5797.


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