February 22, 2021
Covid-19 and Return to Sports
by Admin in Articles & News
We know how important sports are for kids. There have been general guidelines for best safe practices with play during this time of Covid. As we are further into this pandemic and learn more about Covid-19, there have been reports of cardiac effects after infection. This can occur even after mild infections. It has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that individuals who test positive for Covid-19 should not exercise until they complete their quarantine, are symptom free and are evaluated by a physician. We ask that you be patient with this process as it is important!
The AAP has recommendations for return to play based on several factors including severity of symptoms, intensity of activity and past medical history. Any child over age 12 looking for return to physical activity will need to be seen in our office for an evaluation at least 10 days after their positive Covid-19 test if they have been completely asymptomatic. For patients that have had symptoms they will need to be seen in our office after they have been symptom free for at least 10 days. If a patient has more significant disease they may be referred to cardiology. If it is determined they are safe to return to play there is a gradual return to play protocol that is recommended that we will discuss at the appointment. If your child has tested positive for Covid please contact our office for further guidance.