Skin Infections in Athletes

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about skin infections and how they affect athletes.

What are the conditions that make athletes susceptible to skin infections?

Physical contact with other athletes and with athletic equipment is the most common way skin infections are shared.

Sports like wrestling and football that have a lot of skin-to-skin contact put athletes at higher risk for skin infections than other sports. Hockey and rugby can also bring a higher risk of skin infections.

Unclean towels, uniforms, mats, equipment, and players themselves can make athletes more susceptible to skin infections.

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Source: Robert Harrington, MD, Family Medicine of Huber Heights, Premier Health, National Institutes of Health, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons