Dermatological problems in the athlete

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1996 Jun;23(6):388-402. doi: 10.2519/jospt.1996.23.6.388.


Sports activities expose the skin to a variety of risk factors that can affect an athlete's performance. The sports physical therapist must be able to identify and properly manage dermatological problems encountered by athletes. Common dermatological conditions resulting from mechanical, infectious, environmental, and sexual factors are presented. Discussion of etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and preventative measures are intended to guide the physical therapist in making appropriate decisions regarding skin disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bandages
  • Carbuncle / therapy
  • Humans
  • Skin / injuries
  • Skin / physiopathology
  • Skin Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases* / etiology
  • Skin Diseases* / therapy
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / etiology*
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / therapy
  • Sports*
  • Sunburn / therapy
  • Wound Healing