Local high school sports are resuming, and you may be wondering what a COVID diagnosis means for your teen athlete. There is still much unknown about COVID, but we do know that rarely this virus can trigger an immune system to overreact and cause significant internal inflammation. This can impact your child’s heart in a way that requires more evaluation than usual for a pediatrician to ensure your adolescent is safe for intense physical activity.
If your teen tests positive for COVID-19, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you schedule a follow-up exam with your primary care pediatrician after their period of isolation ends (10 days have passed from date of the positive test result and a minimum of 24-hours symptom free, off fever reducing medications) to discuss next steps.
This information is also outlined in our Return to Play Flowchart.
After your child is cleared to participate, they should follow the guidance below on gradual return to play.