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COVD-19 and Sports Participation

What kind of testing should your child have if they had COVID-19 and want to return to sports?

Sports participation after COVID-19 infection is a difficult question to answer since this is all very new to the medical community but some recommendations have been made.  We will address each situation:

1.  COVID positive test WITHOUT symptoms:  
No exercise / sports participation for 2 weeks from positive test result
Monitor for symptoms during this time
May slowly resume activity after 2 weeks  
No further testing needed if no symptoms during the 2 weeks including no chest pain, fainting, palpitations.

2.  COVID positive test WITH mild symptoms (symptoms resolve in 3 days, NO fever) and NO hospital stay:
No exercise / sports participation for 2 weeks from END OF SYMPTOMS
An EKG may be reasonable before returning to sports.
If EKG is abnormal evaluation by a Pediatric Cardiologist for further evaluation is recommended.
After 2 weeks may slowly return to play / sports and monitor for  issues.

3.  COVID positive test WITH moderate symptoms (prolonged fever, more than 3 days of symptoms) but NO hospital stay
No exercise / sports participation for 2 weeks from END OF SYMPTOMS
Less than 12 years old:  an EKG may be reasonable before returning to sports
Older than 12 years old:  an EKG is recommended before returning to sports
If EKG is abnormal evaluation by a Pediatric Cardiologist for further evaluation is recommended.
If EKG is normal may return to play / sports and monitor for issues.

4.  COVID positive test WITH severe symptoms and Hospitalization
No exercise / sports participation for at least 3-6 months until cleared by Pediatric Cardiology
Echocardiogram, EKG and other testing may be needed.

5.  COVID positive test in a child with a heart defect
No exercise / sports participation until cleared by Pediatric Cardiology

If you have questions about your child who has tested positive for COVID-19 please feel free to call our office and you may be able to take advantage of a Telehealth appointment. 


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Sep 22, 2020 Category: General Posted by: jwalkup