Skin conditions hidden problem for athletes

Former Olympics water polo bronze-medal winner and dermatology resident Dr Jacqueline De Luca, from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, reviewed the literature, concluding dermatoses were an increasing cause of medical problems for elite athletes but little information was available on rarer conditions, which may create the potential for misdiagnoses.

Summer Games athletes were prone to rashes, calluses, blisters as well as more serious ailments such as skin cancers.

Some infectious skin diseases can become epidemic among a team, creating significant disruption of team activities and performance, the