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Are athletes susceptible to skin problems?

Karen L. Gorton, PhD, MS, RN
Emergency Room Nursing

The athletes who participate in sports that subject them to exposure to the elements are more prone to skin problems that arise from this exposure. Frostbite, sun burn, wind burn, and injuries from falling and sliding on the ground (snow, sand, road, gravel, field) must receive appropriate care. 

Athletes can protect their skin from frostbite and sun burn by using appropriate protective clothing and lotions. 

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