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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. 1Department of Sports Medicine, Sports Institute Northern Ireland, Newtownabbey, Antrim, UK
  2. 2Sport Medicine Department, Sports Medicine NI, Belfast, UK
  3. 3Department of Family Practice, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK
  4. 4The 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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