Common medical problems in sports

Clin Sports Med. 1997 Oct;16(4):635-62. doi: 10.1016/s0278-5919(05)70046-6.


This article reviews the most common medical problems encountered in the day-to-day care of athletes at all levels of competition. Common medical conditions affecting the pulmonary, gastrointestinal, urological, and endocrine systems are reviewed, as well as common infectious diseases. Review of environmental factors affecting athletes, including sleep disorders, travel, and exposure to the environment during athletic competition, are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Communicable Diseases / therapy
  • Disease*
  • Endocrine System Diseases / therapy
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / therapy
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / therapy
  • Metabolic Diseases / therapy
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases / therapy
  • Primary Health Care
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / therapy
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / therapy
  • Sports*
  • Therapeutics
  • Travel
  • Urologic Diseases / therapy