COVID-19 and youth sports: What are the risks of getting back on the field too quickly?

Charles Wang, Wyatt Vander Voort, Brian M. Haus, Cordelia W. Carter

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The widespread shutdown in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pan-demic, although varied across state and county levels, has undoubtedly impacted every-one to some degree. Within the pediatric population, the closure of schools and organized youth athletic programs has resulted in a unique situation that has made athletes physically deconditioned and at risk for injury. As sports and competition gradually restart, there are considerable risks to the skeletally immature athlete. The anatomic and physiologic chang-es that occur to bone and cartilage during growth make the young athlete particularly sus-ceptible to both acute and overuse injuries. In the context of the pandemic, decondition-ing, obesity, lack of variety, and the resultant mental health burden pose unique challenges in ensuring that young athletes safely return to the field. This review aims to identify risk factors for sport-related injuries and to outline strategies for minimizing these injuries as pediatric patients return-to-play after COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e465-e469
JournalPediatric annals
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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