The issues surrounding infectious diseases are emotive and complex. This is particularly the case given that blood borne infections can be transmitted during body contact and collision sports. Fortunately, there are many practical and common sense steps clubs can take to reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission.
Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) have produced some simple guidelines to help players, coaches, officials, sports trainers and first aiders become blood aware. Clubs can be blood aware by adopting an infectious disease policy, providing information such as the pamphlet in the Blood Rules, OK kit to players, and maintaining a safe and clean environment for players and spectators alike.
In the light of HIV and other blood-borne viruses, attitudes to blood on the field or court have changed considerably in the past ten to twenty years. SMA have a Blood Rules booklet that has been written to help people understand blood-borne viruses and other infectious diseases, how they are transmitted and what actions can be taken to prevent their spread through participation in sport. To download the Booklet, simply go to the SMA website.