Infectious Diseases Associated with Organized Sports and Outbreak Control
Published: Pediatrics, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, October 2017
While organized sports provide a variety of health benefits, they also pose a risk to athletes by exposing them to a variety of infectious diseases. Investigators examined a variety of sports, common pathogens, such as Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA, Bacillus cereus, E. coli, influenza, etc.
Investigators identified several major risk factors, including skin-to-skin contact with infected athletes, physical trauma, sharing of equipment (i.e. showers and locker rooms) and contact with athletic surfaces (mats, artificial turf, gym or weight room equipment). Athletic programs should ensure regular cleaning of facilities and equipment and develop a plan for maintaining a sanitary sporting environment.