Gen Med Series: Gastrointestinal Issues in Athletes

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Through this Gen Med series ATs will learn about common GI issues in athletes that are not related to trauma. GI issues in athletes can be directly related to the physiologic changes that can occur with physical activity. This course will discuss developing preventative strategies to minimize gastrointestinal issues, differentiating between mild and serious issues, and when referral to a physician is warranted. Conditions covered include reflux, vomiting, gastritis, exercise induced abdominal pain (stitch), intestinal cramping, GI bleeding, and diarrhea.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe common gastrointestinal issues in the athletic population.
  • Discuss the etiology of common gastrointestinal issues in the athletic population.
  • Develop preventative strategies to minimize gastrointestinal issues in athletes.
  • Assess symptoms to determine when to refer athletes for medical evaluation for common gastrointestinal issues.


Domain 2: Assessment Evaluation and Diagnosis

0.75 Category A

Keywords: gastrointestinal, GI, diarrhea, vomiting, hydration, reflux, gastritis, stitch, general medicine

Nailah Coleman, MD, FAAP, FACSM, FAMSSM

Dr. Nailah Coleman, MD, FAAP, FACSM, FAMSSM is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Attending at Children’s National Hospital. She completed her undergraduate studies at Emory University, receiving a BS in Biology with a double major in International Studies and a minor in Italian. Upon receipt of a second Emory full tuition scholarship for medical school, she remained at Emory University and received her medical degree in 2000. She completed a pediatric residency program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in 2003. Following residency, Dr. Coleman remained at Children’s National as a Physician Analyst with their Information Technology Department. She also worked as a Hospitalist for incoming patients, a practicing physician in the Children’s Health Clinic, and as an on-call neonatal pediatrician at The George Washington University Medical Center. 

As a pediatrician working in four different hospital environments, Dr. Coleman had the opportunity to see children at different life stages and assess their growth and wellness. She observed a need to improve the physical health of the athletic and the non-athletic student during their various developmental stages. She believes that athletic performance, nutrition, and physical health plans should be developed and tracked for all students, starting in primary school and continuing through college. Sports medicine should include the athlete and the non-athlete. With these ideas in mind, Dr. Coleman moved to Georgia and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital to complete a one-year fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine, before returning to Children’s in her current capacity, where she now works as a general pediatrician and a sports medicine specialist. 

Dr. Coleman is a board-certified pediatrician, sports medicine physician, and clinical informatics physician, licensed in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and the American Medical Informatics Association. She also provides medical coverage and sports medicine information to local schools and various athletic events in the DC area.

Nicole Du, MD

Dr. Nicole Du, MD is a fourth-year pediatrics resident at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Du is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana and she completed her undergraduate studies at Georgtown University, receiving a BS in Biology of Global Health and a minor in Economics. She remained at Georgetown for medical school and received her medical degree in 2020. She has a special interest in pediatric gastroenterology and is pursuing a medical subspecialty in the field.

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