‘Stay home when sick’ advice: implications for sport and exercise

‘Stay home when sick’ advice: implications for sport and exercise.

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Item Type: Editorial Material
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2021-001227
Journal or Publication Title: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
Volume: 7
Number: 4
Page Range: e001227
Date: 12 October 2021
Divisions: Molecular Cardiology
Depositing User: General Admin
Identification Number: 10.1136/bmjsem-2021-001227
ISSN: 2055-7647
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 23:29

The coronavirus pandemic has given everyone in society an education on the harms of spread of respiratory illness. Young healthy athletes are far less likely to suffer severe adverse consequences of viral illnesses than the elderly and frail, but they are not completely immune. Chronic fatigue (overtraining) is an uncommon outcome and myocarditis a rare one, but they both warrant due consideration. It is, therefore, a sensible individual strategy to 'stay home when sick' if only for these risks. Traditionally though, athletes have tended to push through (train and play when ill) because of competing concerns, such as key events/matches and 'not wanting to let teammates down'. Data from both low COVID-19 and high COVID-19 countries show that the number of cardiovascular deaths in a society correlates with the number of respiratory deaths at the same time, further linking respiratory viruses to cardiovascular deaths. We are now more aware of public health obligations to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, in particular to protect the more vulnerable members the community. This hopefully will correspond with a change in the culture of sport to one where it is considered 'the right thing to do', to 'stay home when sick'.

Keywords: cardiology prevention; illness; respiratory.

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Orchard, John W
Orchard, Jessica J
Puranik, Rajesh
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 23:29
URI: https://eprints.centenary.org.au/id/eprint/1151

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