ACC Sports and Exercise Experts Examine Return to Sports for Kids After COVID-19

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The American College of Cardiology has published an analysis from sports cardiologists on the return to sports after a coronavirus (COVID-19) infection from pediatric cardiologists’ perspectives. According to the authors, a young athlete’s ability to return to sports participation after a COVID-19 infection will be a significant question posed to pediatric providers in the coming months.

COVID-19 infections in children are more likely to be asymptomatic or mild compared to adults. Because of this, the approach to sports participation clearance in pediatric patients should differ from the approach in adult patients. In particular, the authors write, while most pediatric patients will be easily cleared for participation without extensive cardiac testing, providers should ensure patients have fully recovered and have no evidence of myocardial injury. Read the full article.

As part of the ACC’s COVID-19 Summer Education Series, sports cardiologists hosted a webinar titled “Sports, Exercise, and COVID-19: Proceed with Caution” to discuss the need for a conservative approach on the return to sports given medicine’s ever-expanding understanding of the virus and its impacts. The webinar is available for free on-demand at ACC.org/COVIDEdu.

In May 2020, members of the ACC’s Sports and Exercise Council published an expert consensus framework for the return to sports and exercise after COVID-19 in adults. Read the full document in JAMA Cardiology.

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