Return to sports after COVID-19: a position paper from the Dutch Sports Cardiology Section of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology

G C Verwoert (Corresponding author), S.T. de Vries, N Bijsterveld, A.R. Willems, R Vd Borgh, J K Jongman, H M C Kemps, J A Snoek, R Rienks, H T Jorstad

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Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to preventive measures worldwide. With the decline of infection rates, less stringent restrictions for sports and exercise are being implemented. COVID-19 is associated with significant cardiovascular complications; however there are limited data on cardiovascular complications and long-term outcomes in both competitive (elite) athletes and highly active individuals. Based on different categories of disease severity (asymptomatic, regional/systemic symptoms, hospitalisation, myocardial damage, and/or myocarditis), in this point-of-view article we offer the (sports) cardiologist or sports physician in the Netherlands a practical guide to pre-participation screening, and diagnostic and management strategies in all athletes >16 years of age after COVID-19 infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-395
Number of pages5
JournalNetherlands Heart Journal
Volume28
Issue number7-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Exercise
  • Myocarditis
  • Recommendations
  • Sports

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