COVID-19 and elite sport: Cardiovascular implications and return-to-play

Faghy, Mark A. and Ashton, Ruth E.M. and Parizher, Gary and Smith, Andy and Arena, Ross and Gough, Lewis A. and Emery, Michael (2022) COVID-19 and elite sport: Cardiovascular implications and return-to-play. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. ISSN 0033-0620

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Curtailing elite sports during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was necessary to prevent widespread viral transmission. Now that elite sport and international competitions have been largely restored, there is still a need to devise appropriate screening and management pathways for athletes with a history of, or current, COVID-19 infection. These approaches should support the decision-making process of coaches, sports medicine practitioners and the athlete about the suitability to return to training and competition activities. In the absence of longitudinal data sets from athlete populations, the incidence of developing prolonged and debilitating symptoms (i.e., Long COVID) that affects a return to training and competition remains a challenge to sports and exercise scientists, sports medicine practitioners and clinical groups. As the world attempts to adjust toward 'living with COVID-19' the very nature of elite and international sporting competition poses a risk to athlete welfare that must be screened for and managed with bespoke protocols that consider the cardiovascular implications for performance.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
15 November 2022Accepted
1 December 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, Cardiology, Sports competition, Long COVID, Athletes
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-06 - allied health > CAH02-06-01 - health sciences (non-specific)
CAH03 - biological and sport sciences > CAH03-02 - sport and exercise sciences > CAH03-02-01 - sport and exercise sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (C-LASS)
Depositing User: Lewis Gough
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2022 14:41
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2022 14:41

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