Athletes and COVID-19

Updated information about athletes and COVID-19
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January 29, 2021

Hello Garfield Re-2 Families,

Garfield Re-2 administrators have received information from local health care providers that pertains to the health and wellbeing of any child participating in athletics over 12-years of age. We are sharing this information with you so that you can make an informed decision about the health of your child.

Medical providers continue to learn more about the long term effects of COVID-19 and research indicates that some athletes with past COVID-19 infection may be at risk of heart complications following their illness.

We have provided specific information with citations for you below so that if you believe it is necessary, you can have an informed conversation with your healthcare provider. 

Moving forward, Garfield Re-2 will be requiring a medical clearance note for our COVID positive athletes to return to athletic participation.  As we continue to work with our local medical providers we will be providing additional information about how we can make this process  efficient and affordable for our families.

Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

“Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should not exercise until they are cleared by a physician. It is suggested they visit with their primary care physician (PCP) who will review the local 14-point preparticipation screening evaluation with special emphasis on cardiac symptoms including chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations, or syncope and perform a complete physical examination. If the preparticipation screening evaluation and examination are  normal, no further testing is warranted and the patient may begin a gradual return to play after 10 days have passed from date of the positive test result and a minimum of 24 hours symptom-free off-fever reducing medications.”

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Children’s Hospital Return to Play guidelines states that “. . .athletes who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (or were presumed to be positive) must obtain medical clearance from their primary care provider prior to return to sports participation.”

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