Pulmonary infections in the athlete

Curr Sports Med Rep. 2009 Mar-Apr;8(2):71-5. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31819c7e87.


Despite their general high level of health, athletes are not free from the threat of developing pulmonary infection. Prompt diagnosis and proper treatment are important given the effects of pulmonary infection upon athletic performance and time away from training. This article reviews common etiologies of community-acquired pneumonia and a more in-depth discussion of mycoplasma pneumonie and influenza. Current treatment guidelines, acute bronchitis, fungal pulmonary infection, and return to play principles also are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Bronchitis
  • Community-Acquired Infections / epidemiology
  • Community-Acquired Infections / etiology*
  • Community-Acquired Infections / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae / pathogenicity
  • Recovery of Function / physiology
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / etiology
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / physiopathology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sports*
  • United States / epidemiology