Return to Training Considerations Post-COVID-19

United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee

April 28, 2020 – v0.12

Jonathan Finnoff, DO, FACSM, FAMSSM

USOPC Chief Medical Officer

Should or can you restrict athletes from participating in practice if they arrive from a location with active community transmission of COVID-19?

Finally, although the young and healthy tend to have less severe cases of COVID-19, every case of this disease is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors that may occur in our Olympic or Paralympic athletes such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, immune suppression, or neurologic disorders affecting respiration. Until COVID-19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way of completely eliminating the risk of fatal infection. This should always be in the forefront of your mind when designing your return to training program.

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