Coronavirus in Children & Young Adults

Return to Sports - Interim Guidance AAP

The following UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s pediatric specialists were instrumental in creating the new guidance:

Lead author, Susannah Briskin, MD, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s pediatric sports medicine specialist
Main contributing author, Christopher Snyder, MD, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s pediatric cardiology specialist

Approximately 35 to 45 million youth 6 to 18 years of age participate in some form of athletics. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has affected many aspects of the lives of children and families, including youth sport activity. As children present for health supervision visits and pre-participation physical evaluations, parents and athletes likely will ask questions about how best to ensure safety when considering a return to sports participation. This guidance is intended for pediatricians to inform families on how to mitigate risk and prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, to others both within sports and within families and the community. Pediatricians should also refer to their state regulations and guidance associated with return to sports as states are allowing practice and competition to resume at different stages.

AAP Resources

Information for Families from HealthyChildren.org

Additional Information

Interim Guidance Disclaimer: The COVID-19 clinical interim guidance provided here has been updated based on current evidence and information available at the time of publishing. Guidance will be regularly reviewed with regards to the evolving nature of the pandemic and emerging evidence. All interim guidance will be presumed to expire in December 2020 unless otherwise specified.

Last Updated 09/17/2020
Source American Academy of Pediatrics

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