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1 General Medical Conditions and Additional Health Concerns


3 General information Like everyone athletes can become ill.
It is important to recognize these conditions early and refer them for the appropriate medical attention. The majority of these illnesses and conditions will require referral to a physician for care.

4 General information– Viruses
Small organism that can live only in a cell. Upon entering cell it may immediately trigger a disease or remain dormant. Can damage host cell by blocking normal function and using metabolism for own reproduction. Virus ultimately destroys cell. They can not be treated by antibiotics.

5 General information– Bacteria
Bacteria are single celled micro-organisms. Disease development: Bacterial pathogen enters host. Growth of bacteria & production of toxic substances occurs. Host attempts to fight infection. They can be treated by antibiotics.

6 Skin infections – Herpes
Cause of condition Herpes simplex: viral infection that tends to occur in the same location (mucus membranes). Type I (cold sore) Type II (genitals) Herpes zoster (Shingles) Appears in specific pattern on body (innervated by specific nerve root). Re-appearance of chicken pox virus.


8 Cold sores Shingles

9 Signs of condition Care
Early indication = tingling or hypersensitivity in an infected area 24 hours prior to appearance of lesions. Local swelling followed by outbreak of vesicles. Heal in generally days. Care If an athlete has an outbreak, they should be disqualified from competition due to contagious nature of condition. Utilize universal precautions when dealing with herpes virus. Use of antiviral drugs can reduce recurrence and shorten course of outbreak.

10 Skin infections – Verruca Virus & Warts
Varied forms exist: Verruca plana (flat wart) Verruca plantaris (plantar wart) Condyloma acuminatum (venereal wart) Different types of human papilloma virus have been identified. Uses epidermal layer of skin to reproduce and grow. Wart enters through lesion in skin.

11 Flat warts Plantar warts

12 Signs of condition Care
Small, round, elevated lesion with rough dry surfaces. Painful if pressure is applied. May be subject to secondary bacterial infection. Care If vulnerable, they should be protected until treated by a physician. Use of electrocautery, topical salicylic acid, or liquid nitrogen are common means of managing this condition.

13 Skin infections – Bacterial
Impetigo Contagiosa Caused by streptococci. Spread through close contact. Furuncle (Boils) Infection of hair follicle that results in pustule formation. Generally the result of a staph infection. Become large and painful. Folliculitis Inflammation of hair follicle around face/neck or in the groin.

14 Impetigo Contagiosa Furuncle (boil) Folliculitis

15 Symptoms of condition Care
Mild itching and soreness followed by eruption of small vesicles and pustules that rupture and crust. Exhibits signs of inflammation. Care Cleansing and topical antibacterial agents. Systemic antibiotics. Pus filled lesions should be drained. Minimize the chances of the infection to spread to others.

16 Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
Cause Strain of bacteria that is resistant to methicillin and other antibiotics. Often times occurs in patients in hospitals that are already ill, or have open wounds/bed sores/burns. Can also infect individuals outside of the hospital. Symptoms Broad range of symptoms. Typically redness, tenderness and swelling. May carry MRSA without having symptoms. Care May require much heavier dose of antibiotics. Some infections can only be treated with intravenous antibiotics (requires several weeks of treatment).


18 Skin infections – Fungal
Cause of condition: Ringworm fungi (tinea) Cause of most skin, nail and hair fungal infections. Tinea of the groin (tinea cruris) Signs and symptoms Mild to moderate itching and found bilaterally. Brownish or reddish lesion resembling outline of butterfly in groin.


20 Care Treat until cured. Will respond to many of the non-prescription medications. Medications that mask symptoms should be avoided. Failure to respond to normal management may suggest a non-fungal problem (such as bacteria) and should be referred to a physician. May require additional topical medications and oral prescriptions.

21 Athlete’s Foot (tinea pedis)
Cause of condition Most common form of superficial fungal infection. Webs of toes may become infected by a combination of yeast and dermatophytes. Signs of condition Extreme itching on soles of feet, between & on top of toes. Appears as dry scaling patch or inflammatory scaling red papules forming larger plaques. May develop secondary infection from itching and bacteria. Care Topical antifungal agents and good foot hygiene.


23 Respiratory conditions – The common cold
Cause of condition Attributed to filterable virus that produces infection in upper respiratory tract in susceptible individual. Susceptible individual Physical debilitation from overwork or lack of sleep. Chronic inflammation from local infection. Inflammation of nasal mucosa from allergy or from breathing in foreign substance. Sensitivity to stress.

24 Sign of condition Begins w/ scratchy, sore throat, stopped-up nose, watery discharge and sneezing. Some may experience a fever. Various aches and pains. Nasal discharge becomes thick and discolored from inflammation. Care Symptomatic treatment (may last 5-10 days). Non-prescription cold medications. Eat a balanced diet, consume 64 oz. of water. Avoid emotional stress and extreme fatigue.

25 Respiratory conditions – Sinusitis
Cause of condition Stems from upper respiratory infection caused by a variety of bacteria. Inflammation of nasal sinuses. Sign of condition Nasal mucous swell and block sinuses. Painful pressure occurring from accumulation of mucus. Skin over sinus may be swollen and painful to the touch. Headache and malaise; purulent nasal discharge. Care If infection is purulent, antibiotics may be warranted. Nasal vasoconstrictor may be helpful with drainage.

26 Respiratory conditions – Pharyngitis (sore throat)
Cause of condition Result of postnasal drip May be virus or streptococcus bacteria Symptoms of condition Pain w/ swallowing, fever, inflamed and swollen glands, malaise, weakness and fever (occasionally) Throat may appear dark red and swollen with mucous membranes coated Care Throat culture Topical gargles and rest Antibiotic therapy may be prescribed by a physician

27 Respiratory conditions – Tonsillitis
Cause of condition Acute inflammation & bacterial infection of tonsil epithelium. Signs & symptoms Tonsils appear red, swollen, w/ yellow exudates in pits. Pain w/ swallowing, high fever and chills, headache and neck pain. Sinusitis, otitis media, tonsillar abscesses may also develop. Care Culture to check for streptococcal bacteria and antibiotics for 10 days. Gargling w/ saline water, liquid diet, and antipyretic medication. Frequent bouts of tonsillitis may necessitate removal.


29 Respiratory conditions – Influenza
Cause of condition Caused by a virus & occurs in various forms as an annual epidemic. Symptoms of condition Fever ( °F), chills, cough, headache, malaise, and inflamed respiratory mucous membrane w/ non-productive cough, watery eyes. General aches and pains, headache becomes worse. Weakness, sweating, fatigue may persist for many days. Care Bed rest and supportive care. Steam inhalation, cough medicines, and gargles. Flu prevention – avoid contact with someone that has it.

30 Respiratory conditions – Asthma
Cause of condition Brought on by exercise w/ exact cause unknown Loss of heat and water (airway reaction), eating certain foods, sinusitis may also trigger Sign of condition Airway narrowing due to spasm and excess mucus production Tight chest, breathlessness, coughing, wheezing, nausea, hypertension, fatigue, headache, and redness of skin


32 Care Regular exercise, appropriate warm-up and cool down, w/ intensity graduated. Inhaled bronchodilators may be useful. Exercise in warm, humid environment. Coaches should be sure to remind athletes to have inhaler with them at all times.

33 Gastrointestinal disorders: Vomiting
Cause of condition Result of some irritation, most often in the stomach. Stimulates vomiting center of the brain, causing a series of forceful diaphragm and abdominal contractions to compress stomach. Care Antinausea medications should be administered. Fluids to prevent dehydration (by mouth or intravenously depending on the situation).

34 Gastrointestinal disorders: Diarrhea
Cause of condition Acute or chronic. Caused by a problem in diet, inflammation of the intestinal lining, GI infection, ingestion of certain drugs and psychogenic factors. Signs of condition Abnormal, loose stool or passage of fluid, unformed stool. Abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and frequent elimination of stools . Extreme weakness caused by dehydration.

35 Care Determine cause (irritant, infection, or emotional upset).
ATC can treat less severe cases by omitting certain foods from athlete’s diet. Utilizing over the counter medications. Have athlete consume bland food that does not irritate system. The BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples and toast) has also been recommended. Continue to hydrate.

36 Diabetes Diabetes- the inability of the body to appropriately metabolize carbohydrates Moderate exercise that is sustained can decrease blood glucose, while high- intensity bouts of exercise can increase blood glucose Type 1- Juvenile- Onset; insulin dependent. Requires an external source of insulin to control blood glucose levels Type 2- Adult- Onset; Involves the body becoming resistant to the insulin produced by the pancreas

37 Diabetes Hyperglycemia- exceeding high levels of blood glucose
Symptoms develop slowly Fruity breath Extreme thirst Frequent urination Nausea/ Vomiting Loss of consciousness Hypoglycemia- Extremely low levels of blood glucose Symptoms develops quickly Unusual behavior (aggression or confusion) Profuse perspiration Loss of motor coordination Extreme hunger *Immediately give athlete food or beverage containing natural sugar (fruit juice or crackers)

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