Poll: Return to Play in the Competitive Athlete Post COVID-19 Infection

In May 2020, the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section released expert consensus recommendations for return to play cardiac testing for competitive athletes post COVID-19.1 Underlying the rationale for these recommendations was the observation of significant cardiac injury in COVID-19 patients hospitalized due to severe infection. At present, it remains unclear the prevalence of cardiac injury in asymptomatic or mildly ill patients / athletes who are non-hospitalized and recovered from COVID-19 infection. With active community spread, return to play risk stratification, guided by our initial consensus recommendations, has been practiced across the country. The purpose of this poll is to gauge opinions from sports cardiology and medicine practitioners on the utility of the current algorithm.


  1. Phelan D, Kim JH, Chung EH. A game plan for the resumption of sport and exercise after coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection. JAMA Cardiol 2020;May 13:[Epub ahead of print].

Clinical Topics: Cardiovascular Care Team, COVID-19 Hub, Sports and Exercise Cardiology

Keywords: Sports, Athletes, COVID-19, Consensus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, Risk Assessment, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Infections

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