Primary Care, Family Medicine, Pediatrics
Bernard Toney Jr.
Purpose: Updating the primary care provider on the changes associated with pediatrics returning to sports following COVID-19 infection.
Method: A literature search of PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane Library was conducted with multiple articles found, reviewed, and the most pertinent were selected for review.
Results: New guidelines recommend evaluation by a provider for pediatric athletes with a history of positive COVID-19 testing before returning to sports. Varying degrees of cardiac evaluation and activity restriction will be recommended based on severity and findings during the history of illness and exam.1,2
Conclusion: Ensuring that minimal cardiac risk remains after the resolution of a COVID-19 illness is imperative to the primary care provider. Consideration of the severity and duration of infection with a thorough exam before returning an athlete to activity is recommended to decrease the risk of cardiac death or long-term damage.1
Keywords: return-to-play, pediatric, guidelines, COVID-19, myocarditis, clearance.
Roux K. Clearing the Pediatric Athlete Following COVID-19. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2023; 5(1).
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