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Sports Medicine

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Prevention of Infectious Disease Transmission in Sports

  • Eric E. Mast
  • Richard A. Goodman
Leading Article

Summary

A variety of infectious diseases can be transmitted during competitive sports. Modes of transmission in athletic settings include person-to-person contact, common-source exposures and airborne/droplet spread. This paper reviews the most commonly reported infectious diseases among athletes and discusses the potential for transmission of bloodborne diseases in sports. Guidelines are provided regarding measures to prevent transmission of infectious diseases in athletic settings, including hygiene and infection control practices, vaccination, and education of officials, coaches, trainers and sports participants.

Keywords

Measle Football Player Aseptic Meningitis National Collegiate Athletic Association Rugby Player 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric E. Mast
    • 1
  • Richard A. Goodman
    • 2
  1. 1.Hepatitis Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial DiseasesNational Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Office of the Director, Epidemiology Program OfficeCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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