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BECK, C. K. Infectious diseases in sports. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 32, No. 7, Suppl., pp. S431–S438, 2000. Participation in sports in on the increase; this article addresses the intersection of sports and infectious diseases. Some infections occur with increased incidence in sports; others have an increased impact in that setting. Addressed in this article are issues of diagnosis, prevention, and management of many of these infections. Included are skin/soft tissue infections, infections related to water exposure, viral infections, infections related to blood exposure, and vaccinations.