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Acute and post-acute COVID-19 presentations in athletes: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Acute and post-acute COVID-19 presentations in athletes: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2022-105583

Objective To describe acute/postacute COVID-19 presentations in athletes. Design Systematic review and meta-analysis. Data sources The search was conducted in four databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, SCOPUS, SPORTDiscus) and restricted to studies published from 2019 to 6 January 2022.


Conclusion: This broad characterisation of COVID-19 presentations in athletes indicates that ~94% exhibited mild or no acute symptoms. The available evidence did not confirm a causal relationship between COVID-19 and myocardial involvement. A small proportion of athletes experienced persistent symptoms while recovering from infection, which were mostly mild in nature, but could affect return-to-play decisions and timing.