It’s that time of the year again. Icy snow banks line streets as your car slips and slides down the road. Your breath forms misty clouds in the air. And if you live in Minneapolis, just up the road from DiscountFilterStore.com’s Edina, Minnesota-based headquarters, you already know what tomorrow is.
That’s right people, tomorrow is Hockey Day in Minnesota, meaning hockey season is now – officially – in full force!
For many, especially in the upper Midwest, hockey is a way of life as much as it is a game. For those who have ever have been around this game, that way of life has an unmistakable and hard-fought aroma. But can this hard-fought aroma have more dangers to it than just an odor best described as lethal? That depends just how much of the odor is contained in that one all important piece of hockey equipment – the hockey player’s water bottle.
The odor put off by hockey players and hockey gear is, in short, bacteria….and lots of it. The primary culprits in this instance are Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Propionibacteria acnes.
These bacteria feast off of the sweat and dead skin cells that pour into hockey gear every time a player, whether Pee-Wee or pro, suits up. For the most part, these buggers stay on the outside of a player’s body and are taken care of after they shower or clean out their gear bag. But if these bacteria make their way into a hockey player’s body they can cause serious health issues. And one of the primary culprits is the player’s water bottle – the one piece of equipment should be unequivocally keeping them safe and healthy.
While parents and coaches would love to assume that a player’s water bottle is kept in a clean and sanitary environment at all times, the reality is that a player is likely just shoving it into their gear bag. Once there, the water bottle’s spout will be bumping and rubbing against all manner of bacteria laden hockey equipment, including gloves and breezers. And the nasties and bacteria will stay in place the next time that water bottle is filled up.
A great way to prevent bacteria from making it into a hockey players bottle, again – whether we are talking Pee-Wee or pro – is to get the right kind of water bottle.
For instance, the Katadyn MyBottle Personal Water Purifier Bottle from the Ultralight Series – pictured to the left – is a filtered water bottle that is big enough where it won’t need constant refilling. Eco-friendly and BPA free, this type of water bottle comes complete with a longer spout, drinking straw and mouthpiece cover that helps to keeps it clean – and its built in filter helps to significantly reduce sediments, protozoa, bacteria or viruses commonly found on a hockey player’s gear. This particular bottle will also help to improve the water’s overall taste while it keeps players hydrated.
Beyond bacteria, another unknown danger for hockey players just looking for a little hydration comes from contaminants in the water itself. In specific regards to hockey, we’re talking about lead.
If an ice arena was built before 1987, there is a good chance that the building’s pipes were soldered together using a high lead content solder that could be leaching into the drinking water. Lead solder was common to use from the mid 30’s until ’86 when it was finally outlawed. Needless to say, it can cause serious health concerns if consumed in high enough quantities.
The other danger with older pipes is biofilm. Biofilm are layers of bacteria that attach to the interior walls of water distribution pipes and to one another. The bacterial community traps nutrients, microbes, worms and waterborne pathogens to form an almost impenetrable material. This biofilm can contain such pathogens as E. Coli, Legionella Pneumophila, Proteus, Acinetobacter and many more.
When selecting a filtered water bottle, keep in mind that not all filters are created equal. For instance, not all filtered water bottles that reduce bacteria are certified to reduce lead. One bottle that will help to reduce both is the Seychelle flip top filtered water bottle to the left. A more affordable option than its Katadyn counterpart above, this bottle still represents exactly what you need if you are trying to reduce the risk of bacteria and lead making it into a hockey player’s drinking water. Plus, like most water bottles, the Seychelle is BPA free.
Filtered water bottles are one of the best and easiest ways to ensure that the only things a hockey player has to worry about are staying on the ice, deking defenders, snapping shots, and of course, having fun. Leave the drinking water worries for the other team!
At DiscountFilterStore.com, we offer several types of water bottles ideal for use in hockey or any other sport, at affordable discount prices. For help finding the bottle you need, please call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.
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