Travel for Elite Athletes During COVID-19 – A Graphical Guide

This graphical guide outlines current evidence-based recommendations on travelling in elite sport during the coronavirus pandemic. This serves only as a guide; given the dynamically changing situation, any newly released recommendations should be taken into account. General Travel Guidance – key considerations: At the time of writing (March 2021) travel is generally only recommended for […]

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How can we identify increased risk contacts in sport? The multi-sport COVID-19 risk exposure framework

The Team Sport Risk Exposure Framework-2 (TS-REF-2) to Support the Identification of Increased Risk Contacts in Sport during the COVID-19 Pandemic During the COVID-19 pandemic professional sports have continued to run competitive leagues whilst aiming to reduce potential SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Delivering competitions becomes a challenge when matches are cancelled, postponed or forfeited due to COVID-19 […]

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Competing Against COVID-19: have we forgotten about student-athletes’ mental health?

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, competitive athletes have expressed substantial grief and frustration attributed to alterations in routine, limited or modified training, and the postponement of international competitions, such as the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and international championship events [1,2]. The additional strain from the removal of team support networks, which are often […]

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Physical activity in a pandemic: Time for a new definition #Infographic

A new holistic and inclusive definition of physical activity might help us think differently Health behaviours have been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the increase in sedentary behavior (characterized by low energy expenditure such as sitting time) and the levels of physical inactivity1,2 (people not meeting the recommended level of regular physical activity) are notable […]

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“Return to exercise” – helping patients to overcome the long tail of covid-19.

Exercise remains a key component of rehabilitation for patients recovering from covid-19. However, there is limited guidance on how to start and progress exercise in non-athlete populations in the post-acute period of infection. We discuss if specific “return to exercise” protocols could help to solve this problem and return patients in the general population back […]

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COVID-19 RT-PCR Testing for Elite Athletes – Recommendations for elite sport

This infographic outlines evidence-based recommendations on COVID-19 reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing in elite sport settings, aiming to protect personal and population health, and acknowledging resources and expertise that are often available in elite sport. Public health recommendations vary by country and region and protocol decisions should be made in consultation with relevant public […]

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The Resumption of Racing in Great Britain: 3 Months of a Staged Return during COVID-19

Challenges and learnings from a non-testing approach returning to elite sport On June 1st 2020, horseracing returned to elite competition. Horseracing was comparatively well placed to respond to some of COVID-19’s challenges given rigorous approaches to biosecurity following the outbreak of Equine Influenza in early 2019, halting racing temporarily. This, combined with ongoing infectious disease […]

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Do we need new COVID-19 specific ‘return to exercise’ protocols?

From prevention to rehabilitation; learning to safely return patients to exercise during covid-19 Despite comprehensive guidance on “return to sport” in elite athletes (1), there are currently limited recommendations to help clinicians return non-athlete populations to exercise post COVID-19. We discuss some of the challenges facing clinicians who are prescribing exercise to treat long term […]

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Am I better exercising indoors or outdoors during the pandemic? #Infographic

Guidelines and orientations related to social distancing, safety and hygiene The issues around returning-to-play both during and in the post-pandemic period, in elite and community settings have been extensively addressed in the literature1,2,3,4 and through several blog posts here in the BJSM blog 5,6,7,8,9. However, regarding the general population, a clear, careful, transparent, and evidence-based […]

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