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Infographic. Graduated return to play guidance following COVID-19 infection
  1. Niall Elliott1,2,
  2. Rhodri Martin3,4,
  3. Neil Heron5,6,
  4. Jonathan Elliott7,
  5. Dan Grimstead3,
  6. Anita Biswas8
  1. 1 Sports Medicine, Sportscotland Institute of Sport, Stirling, UK
  2. 2 Sports Medicine, NHS Tayside, Dundee, UK
  3. 3 Sports Medicine, Sport Wales, Cardiff, UK
  4. 4 Sport and Exercise Medicine, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taf, UK
  5. 5 Sports Medicine, Sports Institute Northern Ireland, Newtownabbey, Antrim, UK
  6. 6 Queen's University Belfast Centre for Public Health, Belfast, UK
  7. 7 Faculty of Medicine Health and Life Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  8. 8 Sports Medicine, English Institute of Sport, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Niall Elliott, Sports Medicine, Sport Scotland Institute of Sport, Stirling FK9 5PH, UK; niall.elliott{at}

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COVID-19 and sport

With risk of cardiological, renal, respiratory and haematological complications,1–5 it is best practice to follow steady resumption of training, paying attention to physical and psychological factors after COVID-19 infection.

Scope of this infographic

This guidance takes into account public health guidelines in the UK (although we hope its content is relevant more widely) and available expert opinion at time of publication and is for use by healthcare practitioners. It is applicable to performance athletes who have had mild to moderate illness. Those requiring hospital admission merit further assessment.

COVID-19 clinical guidance

If an athlete develops an illness with symptoms of COVID-19, they should follow national guidance, speak to their sports medicine doctor, and undertake …

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