The Pre-Participation Examination in a COVID-19 World

Kristin Malek, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC


Pediatr Nurs. 2021;47(6):299-300. 

In This Article

Addressing the History of COVID-19

The athlete has a history of COVID-19. Now what? According to the AAP (2021), the athlete should not return to sports/physical activity until quarantine is completed. In addition, based on the severity of their initial symptoms, the athlete will need to meet a minimum amount of symptom-free time. The athlete should be able to complete normal activities of daily living, and overall, not display any concerning symptoms. Although it is recommended that all children less than 12 years can progress back to the sports at their own tolerance following a COVID-19 infection, athletes older than 12 years should adopt a graduated return-to-play protocol over a 7-day minimum (AAP, 2021). It is vital the health care team understands these guidelines and can provide accurate and safe recommendations to their patients and families.