Skin Care for Athletes

When you participate in athletic activity, your skin is always at risk. Your skin acts as a shield to protect against damage to other more important parts of your body. Though most skin conditions are not serious, they can impact your athletic performance level and if left untreated can cause complications such as infections.

Skin Treatments

Our specially trained and certified physicians and specialists can help treat skin conditions related sports injuries. They may also suggest preventative measures be taken to help the problem from reoccurring. Here are some of the skin conditions we treat most often:

  • Cuts
  • Road rash
  • Chafing rashes
  • Blisters
  • Ringworm

By diagnosing and treating a skin problem as soon as possible, you can relieve discomfort and prevent the problem from getting worse.


When serious cuts or deep gashes happen during training or game time, they might require stitches. Stitches may be used to close lacerations or other skin related injuries. Our certified sports medicine specialists can also teach you effective methods to encourage a quick healing process for this type of injury.


We evaluate and treat a wide variety of sports-related rashes. In most cases we will prescribe a topical treatment such as a lotion or ointment, and provide you with ways to prevent the rashes from reoccurring.

Most rashes are caused by friction of skin rubbing against clothing or other skin. The best way to keep this from happening is to wear athletic clothing that is the right size for you. In some situations, using lubricant or ointments can also reduce the amount of friction on your skin and thus prevent rashes or other skin irritations.


In some cases, friction can cause blisters. If left alone long enough, blisters can break open, creating an open sore. Blisters most commonly occur on an athletes feet where bacteria reside. This can potentially lead to a terrible infection. If you have a nasty blister or open sore, it is strongly recommended that you consult a sports medicine physician for treatment and preventive care.

Call our department today to see a sports medicine physician about your skin care concerns!

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