SCS Home Study Course: Chapter 9

Dermatological Considerations in the Athletic Population


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Brandon Schmitt, DPT, ATC

ProSports Physical Therapy of Westchester, Scarsdale, NY


Ivannette Juarbe, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL



By the completion of this chapter, the therapist will be able to:

• Understand basic function of the integumentary system.

• Recognize the characteristics of common pathologies of the integumentary system including bacterial, viral, fungal, and mechanical

  disorders and their corresponding presentation of signs and symptoms.

• Determine the appropriate course of intervention for various conditions.

• Understand methods to prevent dermatological pathology and the prevention of the spread of infection.

• Determine functional status and return to play criteria.



I.   Anatomy and Physiology of the Body's Largest Organ

II.  Skin Lesions

     a. Mechanical injury

     b. Friction injury

     c. Blisters

     d. Hyperkeratosis/calluses

     e. Corns

     f. Intertrigo/chafing

     g. Acne mechanica

III. Wounds

IV. Infectious Skin Diseases

     a. Bacterial infections

         1. Impetigo

         2. Erysipelas

         3. Erythrasma

         4. Folliculitis

         5. Furuncles/carbuncles/abscess

         6. Hot tub folliculitis

         7. Paronychia

         8. Cellulitis

         9. Acne vulgaris

         10. Hydradenitis suppurativa

         11. Otitis externa (swimmer's ear)

         12. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

     b. Viral infections

         1. Molluscus contagiosum

         2. Common warts (Verrucae vulgaris, Verrucae plantaris)

         3. Herpes

     c. Fungal infections

         1. Dermatophytosis

V. Environmental Considerations

     a. Temperature-related skin disorders

         1. Sunburn

         2. Frostbite

     b. Insect bites/stings

         1. Ticks

          2. Mosquito bites

         3. Wasp/bee stings

VII.  Contact Dermatitis

VIII. General Guidelines for Prevention and Return to Play

The completion of this course does not guarantee that the purchaser will pass the SCS examination.