Sports: The Infectious Hazards.

  title={Sports: The Infectious Hazards.},
  author={A Minooee and Jeff Wang and Geeta Gupta},
  journal={Microbiology spectrum},
  volume={3 5}
Although the medical complications of sports are usually traumatic in nature, infectious hazards also arise. While blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, cause significant illness, the risk of acquiring these agents during sporting activities is minimal. Skin infections are more commonplace, arising from a variety of microbial agents including bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens. Sports involving water contact can lead to enteric infections, eye infections, or… 
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AMSSM Position Statement Update: Blood-Borne Pathogens in the Context of Sports Participation.
This AMSSM position statement update is directed toward health care providers of patients involved in sport and exercise as a general guide to clinical practice based on the current state of evidence, while acknowledging the need for modification as new knowledge becomes available.
AMSSM position statement update: blood-borne pathogens in the context of sports participation
This document is intended as a general guide to clinical practice based on the current state of the evidence, while acknowledging the need for modification as new knowledge becomes available.
Immunization in elite athletes : recommendations endorsed by scientific associations
1Federazione Medico Sportiva Italiana (F.M.S.I.), Rome, Italy; 2AMS Istituto Medicina dello Sport, Rome, Italy; 3Vaccines Group, Società Italiana di Igiene, Medicina Preventiva e Sanità Pubblica


Prevention of Infectious Disease Transmission in Sports
The most commonly reported infectious diseases among athletes are reviewed, the potential for transmission of bloodborne diseases in sports is discussed and guidelines are provided regarding measures to prevent transmission.
Contagious Diseases in Competitive Sport: What Are the Risks?
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  • Medicine
    Journal of American college health : J of ACH
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Inclusion of immunizations against measles and hepatitis B among prematriculation immunization requirements (PIRs) for colleges and universities would eliminate these two diseases from the list of dangers to college athletes and all students.
Transmission of Blood-Borne Pathogens during Sports: Risk and Prevention
The potential risk for HIV transmission to each player is extremely low and preventive measures, as well as technical and other information, are summarized and a practical approach for addressing concerns about the transmission of blood-borne pathogens during sports is provided.
Cutaneous fungal and viral infections in athletes.
The team physician must be familiar with common cutaneous infections including tinea corporis, tinea capitis,Tinea pedis, herpes simplex, molluscum contagiosum, and human papillomaviruses to prevent outbreaks of these diseases.
ABC of Sports Medicine: Infections in sport
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Viruses and the athlete.
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Sport-associated infections (bacterial, viral, protozoal and fungal) were recently reviewed, finding that almost every form ofhuman infection may be acquired in association with the pursuit of sport.
Dermatologic Disorders of the Athlete
The most common injuries afflicting the athlete affect the skin and athletes are at risk of developing both benign and malignant neoplasms, and pharmacotherapeutic prevention may be effective for some of these sports-related infections.
Infectious disease and the extreme sport athlete.
Infections that may be more likely to occur in the extreme sport athlete, such as selected parasitic infections, marine infections, freshwater-borne diseases, tick-borne disease, and zoonoses are discussed.
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The epidemic strain was an M-type 2 streptococcus with antigenic characteristics similar to those recently associated with significant numbers of cases of acute glomerulonephritis following pyoderma in children.
An outbreak of staphylococcal skin infections among river rafting guides.
An epidemic of skin infections due to Staphylococcus aureus that involved river rafting guides in Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina in summer 1982 appeared to be due to two factors: frequent minor skin wounds acquired while rafting, and prolonged close contact among the persons with wounds.