Infectious diseases associated with organized sports and outbreak control

H. Dele Davies, Mary Anne Jackson, Stephen G. Rice

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Abstract

Participation in organized sports has a variety of health benefits but also has the potential to expose the athlete to a variety of infectious diseases, some of which may produce outbreaks. Major risk factors for infection include skinto- skin contact with athletes who have active skin infections, environmental exposures and physical trauma, and sharing of equipment and contact with contaminated fomites. Close contact that is intrinsic to team sports and psychosocial factors associated with adolescence are additional risks. Minimizing risk requires leadership by the organized sports community (including the athlete's primary care provider) and depends on outlining key hygiene behaviors, recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of common sportsrelated infections, and the implementation of preventive interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20172477
JournalPediatrics
Volume140
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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