The University of Utah’s Gymnastics Team Installs Bacteria Killing Light Fixtures to Help Keep Student-Athletes Safe

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Indigo-Clean light fixtures were installed in the gymnastics athletic training room to help keep their student-athletes at the top of their game

The training room at the University of Utah Women's Gynastics Center features Indigo-Clean Continuous Environmental Disinfection lights to protect student athletes from harmful bacteria.

We are excited to be at the forefront of collegiate gymnastics programs across the nation by providing this new, proven bacteria fighting technology as another tool to help keep our student-athletes safe.

The University of Utah’s Gymnastics team is the first Division I NCAA Team to purchase and install LED light fixtures containing Indigo-Clean continuous environmental disinfection. The lights are installed in the team’s athletic training room.

“We are excited to be at the forefront of collegiate gymnastics programs across the nation by providing this new, proven bacteria fighting technology as another tool to help keep our student-athletes safe,” said Tom Farden, Head Coach, University of Utah Gymnastics. “This is one small facet of the student-athlete Wellbeing Program that our institution utilizes to ensure the safety, success and support of our student-athletes.”

Indigo-Clean technology uses a 405nm light to penetrate harmful bacteria, including MRSA. It targets naturally-occurring molecules within the bacteria to produce intra-cellular Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). Similar to bleach, these ROS create an oxidative environment that kills harmful bacteria. This technology has been tested in a laboratory setting and has been shown to kill harmful bacteria often found in high-touch areas.

“Bacterial staph infections such as MRSA (methicillin-resident Staphylococcus aureus) were once mostly found in hospitals, clinics and health care settings,” said Cliff Yahnke, PhD, Director of Clinical Affairs for Indigo-Clean. “About 25 years ago, it began plaguing high school, college and professional teams throughout the nation, making prevention a necessary part of the play-book. We are thrilled the University of Utah’s Gymnastics program has chosen to invest in Indigo-Clean to enhance their current cleaning methods within their training room.”

Yahnke also noted, “These luminaires provide solid lighting efficacy and disinfection at basically the same cost as a standard LED luminaire. They bolster current cleaning methods by helping eliminate harmful bacteria in these types of spaces, reaching places normal cleaning doesn’t touch.”

About the University of Utah Gymnastics Program
The Utah Utes gymnastics team, also known as the Red Rocks, represents the University of Utah and competes at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Pac-12 Conference. Home meets are held in the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. As of the end of the 2018 season, the Red Rocks have won 10 national championships, and been runner-up nine times. The Red Rocks are the only team to have qualified for every NCAA Championships and have never finished lower than 10th. The team was coached from its inception by Greg Marsden until his retirement after the 2015 season. Megan Marsden and Tom Farden are the current head coaches. For additional information, visit http://www.universityofutahgymnastics.com.

About Kenall, manufacturer of Indigo-Clean™
Indigo-Clean™ is an affiliate of Kenall Manufacturing, which has earned a reputation for lighting challenging applications. Since its inception in 1963, Kenall has been known for superior quality, exceptional value, and durable solutions, and it is proud to provide sealed lighting for containment or clean spaces, security lighting for detention facilities, and specialized healthcare and transportation applications. Kenall products are designed and manufactured in the USA and meet the guidelines established under the Buy American Act and the North American Free Trade Agreement. For additional information on Indigo-Clean™, visit our website at http://www.indigo-clean.com or contact us directly at 262-891-9200.

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