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AAP emphasizes personal hygiene to curb youth sports-related infections

AAP emphasizes personal hygiene to curb youth sports-related infections
September 25, 2017

Pediatricians are encouraged to screen youth athletes for skin conditions and infections that could be transmitted to their teammates, and dispense cautionary advice regarding proper personal hygiene and sanitary sporting equipment, according to joint clinical report from the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases and the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

“Joining an athletic team is a fun, physically challenging and healthy way for kids to practice teamwork and sportsmanship, but they do need to understand the importance of good hygiene,” H. Dele Davis, MD, professor of pediatric infectious diseases and public health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in a press release. “Besides showering and washing hands, athletes should be discouraged from sharing their water bottles, towels, mouth guards or other personal items.”

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