Program for Infection Prevention in the NFL

Football player receiving medical attention

Since 2014, faculty members from the Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention have run the Program for Infection Prevention in the National Football League (NFL). The program is supported by both the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and provides infection prevention education to all 32 teams.

The program focuses on several key aspects of infection prevention, including cleaning and disinfection of facilities and equipment, as well as education of team staff and players. Center faculty visit each NFL team on a regualr basis to provide in-person training.

The Center also emphasizes types of infection that are especially common among athletes, incuding methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), influenza, and norovirus. For more information on our work with MRSA, please see the article “Whole Genome Sequencing of a Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Pseudo-Outbreak in a Professional Football Team”.

You can also visit the National Football League (NFL) Health and Safety Resources website to obtain a copy of the NFL Infectious Disease Newsletters prepared by the Center on MRSA and other infectious disease risks for athletes.