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J Athl Train. 1995 June; 30(2): 135–140.
PMCID: PMC1317846

Management of Sports-Induced Skin Wounds

Danny T. Foster, MA, ATC
Danny T. Foster is Program Director of Athletic Training Education and Associate Director of Athletic Training Services at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.
Laura J. Rowedder, MS, ATC
Laura J. Rowedder is Head Athletic Trainer at The Northwestern College, Orange City, IA.


Skin wounds are common in sports but are rarely documented by the certified athletic trainer. The literature is unclear about wound types, and none of the articles reviewed reported frequencies. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the frequency of common athletic skin wounds and their specific management. Management of skin wounds can sometimes be problematic. Hydrogen peroxide has been used on wounds since 1947, yet some researchers report that hydrogen peroxide and iodophor solution can delay or interfere with wound healing, or cause damage to the wounded area if use is intense and prolonged. Occlusive dressings have been reported to have considerable advantage in maintaining a moist wound bed and in decreasing healing time. Infection rates beneath occlusive dressings, however, are similar to those associated with other types of dressings. Complications to wounds, with or without the use of occlusive dressings, such as keloids and seborrheic dermatitis, occur in low frequencies. Due to a lack of specific information about sports-induced skin wounds and their management, we recommend that standardized documentation for common wounds be developed along with further study of techniques for management.

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