Daniela Moscarella, clinical instructor and pediatric nurse practitioner, Rutgers School of Nursing, is available to discuss the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for return to sports and physical activity, including organized sports and physical education class.
“The biggest change for parents of children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 is the possible addition of having an electrocardiogram in addition to the typical forms for participating in sports, due to possible changes in heart condition brought on by the virus,” Moscarella says. “Asymptomatic children and those under 12 with mild or moderate symptoms only need to refrain from sports or exercise for two weeks after symptoms resolve. However, children over 12 in competitive athletics who test positive for COVID-19 must have an electrocardiogram after two weeks without symptoms. If a heart condition is detected, they would need to see a cardiologist.”