Athletes are susceptible to illness due to close interpersonal contact, intense physical and emotional demands, and/or environmental exposures. Some infections have specific return-to-play criteria. This entry discusses common infections in the athletic population, their treatment, and guidelines for the sometimes challenging decisions on when an athlete may return to play.

Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

The term upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) encompasses a wide range of syndromes involving the nose, throat, and respiratory tract above the oxygen-exchanging alveoli. This section focuses on the ...

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