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Infographic. Managing a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case: a guide for sports
  1. Alan Rankin1,2,
  2. Neil Heron3,4
  1. 1 Department of Sports Medicine, Sports Institute Northern Ireland, Newtownabbey, Antrim, UK
  2. 2 Sport Medicine Department, Sports Medicine NI, Belfast, UK
  3. 3 Department of Family Practice, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK
  4. 4 The Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Neil Heron, Department of Family Practice, Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG, UK; neilheron{at}

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COVID-19 had, and continues to have, a significant impact on the 2020 sporting calendar, with the summer Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021 and cancellation of a number of other sporting events and tournaments.1 Athletes and their sports are now slowly returning to a ‘new normal’ during this COVID-19 pandemic,2 and as athletes return to their sport in the coming months, we are expecting to see a number of athletes who develop suspected COVID-19 symptoms or indeed test positive for COVID-19. In our roles at sporting facilities/sports organisations, what is our responsibility to both the athlete with suspected COVID-19 symptoms and/or who test positive for COVID-19 as well as the other athletes and staff working within this environment?

First, to minimise the spread of COVID-19, athletes and their support staff need to ensure appropriate physical distancing, hand hygiene, use of face masks, limiting social contacts and considering modified forms of the sport. …

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. The infographic image has been added.

  • Contributors AR and NH developed the concept of the infographic; AR produced the infographic with revisions provided by NH; AR and NH reviewed and agreed the infographic.

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