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COVID-19 Cardiac Screening and Return to Play Guidelines (S6:E9)

More than 35 million children ages 6 to 18 participate in athletics. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of the lives of children and families, including youth sports. As children present for health supervision and preparticipation physical evaluations after being diagnosed with COVID-19, parents and young athletes often ask questions about how to ensure safety when considering a return to sports participation and physical activity.

Listen to pediatric experts discuss the latest return to play guidelines

In this episode, Christopher Rausch, MD, joins us to review the latest return to play guidelines and the risk of pediatric myocarditis from COVID-19, sequelae and vaccination.

In this episode, our experts discuss:

  • Isolation and mask-wearing recommendations
  • When asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients need to check in with their primary care provider
  • What symptoms may require an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to screen for myocarditis
  • Additional testing, such as troponin testing, echocardiogram, exercise stress testing, Holter monitoring or cardiac MRI
  • Recommendations for patients with MIS-C or myocarditis
  • Where children with long COVID fit into the guidelines

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Experts at Children’s Hospital Colorado are committed to maintaining important and timely information for providers during the pandemic. Check back regularly for frequent updates to our COVID-19 resources for healthcare professionals.