Infection with the novel SARS-Coronavirus-2 (COVID-19) has halted virtually all formal participation in sport and exercise. At long last, public health guidelines have begun releasing timelines for a graded reintroduction of both recreational and competitive athletics. However, questions remain for those individuals with prior COVID-19 exposure/infection regarding the safety of returning to exercise. The “new normal” is one of the many terms we hear repeatedly as the country begins its return to normal activities from the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping 6 feet apart from other people, wearing a mask and frequent washing of hands are three of those important warnings.
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UPDATED RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOL COVID-19
AYSMPTOMATIC or MILD CASES:
GRADUATED RETURN TO PLAY
Stage 1: Day 1 and Day 2 - (2 Days Minimum) - 15 minutes or less: Light activity (walking, jogging, stationary bike), intensity no greater than 70% of maximum heart rate. NO resistance training.
Stage 2: Day 3 - (1 Day Minimum) - 30 minutes or less: Add simple movement activities (eg. running drills) - intensity no greater than 80% of maximum heart rate.
Stage 3: Day 4 - (1 Day Minimum) - 45 minutes or less- Progress to more complex training - intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate. May add light resistance training.
Stage 4: Day 5 and Day 6 - (2 Days Minimum) - 60 minutes - Normal training activity - intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate.
Stage 5: Day 7 - Return to full activity/participation (ie, contests/competitions).
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