Just published in Current Sports Medicine Reports:
If you have had a Covid-19 infection and play sports, we need to talk about new medical evidence. First, and this is important, you need to have a physical exam and it needs to be done by a Sports Medicine physician because in our literature, sometimes additional cardiovascular screening needs to be done to avoid potential, unexpected sudden death.
According to an article written by the ACSM-AMSSM in May of 2022, studies have identified findings in certain participants “consistent with inflammatory heart disease following Covid-19 infection.” Most of these findings, though not found in every person, are associated with sudden death during exercise.
This is NOT to be ignored! We want every athlete to be safe!
ACSM-AMSSM Call to Action: Adapting Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Baggish, Aaron L. MD, FACSM, FACC1; Chang, Cindy J. MD, FACSM2; Drezner, Jonathan A. MD3; Harmon, Kimberly G. MD, FACSM3; Kraus, William E. MD, FACSM4; Matuszak, Jason MD5; Wasfy, Meagan M. MD1