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Gastrointestinal Infections in the Traveling Athlete

Boggess, Blake Reid DO

Current Sports Medicine Reports: April 2007 - Volume 6 - Issue 2 - p 125–129
doi: 10.1097/01.CSMR.0000306453.02069.b3
Abdominal Conditions

Because athletes travel to competitions all over the world, sports medicine providers need to be able to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal infections. Traveler's diarrhea (TD) is by far the most common gastrointestinal illness. TD is a self-limited condition caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites, and it can easily be treated. Nevertheless, there are preventative measures that should be taken to limit the exposure to TD in the first place.

Corresponding author Blake Reid Boggess, DO, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Duke Medical Center, Box 3886, Durham, NC 27710, USA. E-mail:

© 2007 American College of Sports Medicine