Mononucleosis and athletic participation: An evidence-based subject review

Margot Putukian, Francis G. O'Connor, Paul Stricker, Christopher McGrew, Robert G. Hosey, Steven M. Gordon, James Kinderknecht, Vesna Kriss, Gregory Landry

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Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a common medical condition that afflicts thousands of young athletes each year. Despite the self-limited nature of this disorder, the variability of the clinical presentation and the rare risk of splenic rupture routinely present sports medicine clinicians with difficult return-to-play decisions. Currently there are no evidence-based guidelines regarding the management of the athlete with IM. This review discusses the available research data pertaining to the management of IM in young athletes and develops questions for future clinical research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-315
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Journal of Sport Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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