As the United States struggles to figure out if athletic competition is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued interim guidelines for children returning to the sports field.
The key may depend on what sport the young athletes play, as well as where they play it, according to the recommendations released last week.
“Weighing the risk versus benefit of return to sport is driven by the sport and setting, local disease activity, and individual circumstances, including underlying health conditions that place the athlete or household contacts at high risk of severe disease should they contract SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the academy stated.
The point is to start the conversation with parents and answer some preliminary questions before turning children loose on the playing field.
“As children present for health supervision visits and pre-participation physical evaluations, parents and athletes likely will ask questions about how to best ensure safety when considering a return to sports participation,” the guidelines state.
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