When you think of a surface in the gym with lots of germs and general grossness, your first pick might be something like a locker room bench. But according to a new study, volleyballs and basketballs could also be homes for bacteria.
A recent study presented at a meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine showed that Staphylococcus aureus bacteria can survive on a sports ball for three days in typical storeroom conditions. And even if a ball is sterilized, it can accumulate the bacteria when it's used.
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