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Posted March 20, 2021 by:nepeds

Returning to Sports after a Covid Infection

Written by Dr. Stephanie O'Rourke

If your athlete has tested positive for Covid, there are some things that you should know to help keep them healthy and safely get them back in the game.

During their 10 days of isolation at home when they are infected, they should not exercise, even if they don’t have any symptoms.

Once your child has completed their 10 days (with day 0 being either the first day of symptoms or the day the test is done if asymptomatic), then they should be evaluated in the office for a sports physical.

In order to be cleared to get back to sports, they have to be asymptomatic for 24 hours (except for loss of taste/smell).

Once they are cleared to return, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital recommends a gradual 7 day return to sports before they can participate in full practices/games.

The good news is that the vast majority of kids do not develop any short-term or long-term heart complications from Covid. Most kids are able to fully recover from Covid and return to their sports without any issues.

Dr. Stephanie O'Rourke has been with Northeast Cincinnati Pediatrics since 2020. She currently sees patients on Mondays in Landen and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in Blue Ash.