Managing Skin Conditions

Infectious diseases of the skin are estimated to account for roughly 8.5% of health issues and  injuries in high school athletics and 21% at the college level. Studies have shown the contagiousness of skin infections and conclude that rates of infection may be attributable to certain teams. Yet, while knowledge initiatives continue to address the issue, poor clinical practices and misinformation exists. As a result, skin infections continue to cause considerable disruption for players and teams. Because they are often the first line of defense, athletic trainers must have a basic knowledge and understanding of clinical presentation and management of common skin diseases. This will allow for faster resolution of the condition and less missed time from sport for the athlete, and it will go a long way to mitigating pandemic cases. This presentation will equip athletic trainers with the basic knowledge and understanding of clinical presentation and management of common skin diseases to ensure these more positive outcomes.

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Steve Zinder, PhD, ATC

Steve Zinder, PhD, ATC, is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.