Infectious diseases among athletic teams commonly present challenges for team physicians and primary care doctors. There is some evidence to suggest that athletes are more susceptible to infection during an outbreak of the general population. The frequent physical contact and close travel arrangements associated with many team sports may put athletes at even greater risk. Viral meningitis is the most commonly reported central nervous system infection in the literature, and transmission seems to be increased among U.S. high school football teams. Septic meningitis is a life-threatening emergency that can occur in outbreaks affecting populations frequently involved in organized athletics (adolescents and young adults). The purpose of this review is to identify current medical literature on the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of meningitis in the athletic population.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Current sports medicine reports|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health