Considerations for Return to Exercise Following Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19 in the Recreational Athlete

For athletes, returning to exercise after recovering from Covid-19 presents some interesting challenges.

This year, Covid-19 has affected millions of people across the globe. The elderly and immune-compromised are the most at-risk, but the virus takes a toll on anyone who contracts it, and sometimes leaves lasting side effects.

For athletes, this presents a particular challenge because the virus lasts weeks, and effects multiple body systems, including the cardiac, pulmonary, hematologic, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal systems.

READ MORE: For Athletes Unable to Compete in Sports, the Mental Struggle is Real

Athletes are used to getting sick, recovering, and jumping right back into their chosen sport. For athletes who have recovered from Covid-19 however, it isn’t that simple.

Recently I collaborated on a paper about such considerations, with the Hospital for Special Surgery and my colleagues Jordan D. Metzl MD, Kathryn McElheny MD, James N. Robinson MD, Daphne A. Scott MD, and Brett G. Toresdahl MD.

Read the full article HERE.

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