Jiménez-Truque N, Saye EJ, Soper N, Saville BR, Thomsen I, Edwards KM, Creech CB. Association Between Contact Sports and Colonization with Staphylococcus aureus in a Prospective Cohort of Collegiate Athletes. Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.). 2017 May;47(47). 1011-1019. PMID: 27577687 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC5332515 NIHMSID: NIHMS813951.
Athletes have a higher risk of infection with Staphylococcus aureus than the general population. Most studies in athletes have included primarily male contact sports participants and have not assessed S. aureus carriage over time. We aimed to examine the epidemiology and risk factors of S. aureus carriage in a cohort of male and female collegiate athletes.