Pediatrics Group Offers Tips for Reducing Spread of Infection in Organized Sports — Physician’s First Watch

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September 25, 2017

Pediatrics Group Offers Tips for Reducing Spread of Infection in Organized Sports

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

The American Academy of Pediatrics has offered guidance on preventing and managing various infections associated with organized sports.

In Pediatrics, the group says that pediatricians can help identify skin conditions and other infections during the preparticipation physical required for some athletes. They can also use the physical to educate student athletes about the importance of proper hygiene and of not sharing items like water bottles or razors.

They recommend routinely screening athletes for skin infections before competitions and during practices.

The group covers management of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Group A Streptococcus, herpes simplex virus, tinea capitis, tinea pedis, scabies, and lice.

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