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Clin J Sport Med. 2007 Jan;17(1):52-4.

Prevalence of tinea pedis in professional and college soccer players versus non-athletes.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH 45267, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess and compare the prevalence of tinea pedis among professional soccer players, college soccer players, and non-athletes. We sought to assess the prevalence of various risk factors and their association with tinea pedis among these different groups.

DESIGN:

Survey study.

SETTING:

United States.

PATIENTS:

Members of a United Soccer League (USL) professional team (N = 16), male (N = 16) and female (N = 14) NCAA soccer teams at a local college, and male (N = 15) and female (N = 15) non-athletes from a local medical school.

INTERVENTION:

All participants anonymously answered questions on their risk factors for tinea pedis and underwent physical and mycological examinations.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Clinical exam, potassium hydroxide solution (KOH), and culture.

RESULTS:

Tinea pedis infected 69% professional soccer players (11 of 16) compared with 69% of male college soccer players (11 of 16) and 43% of female college soccer players (6 of 14), whereas non-athletes demonstrated significantly less tinea pedis (P < 0.001), including 20% of male non-athletes (3 of 15) and 0% of female non-athletes (0 of 15).

CONCLUSIONS:

These results indicate a need for improved primary prevention of tinea pedis among athletes. A preventive program involving education and coach participation is needed to target these individuals.

PMID:
17304007
DOI:
10.1097/JSM.0b013e31802ed88e
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