Could sports leagues soon let athletes play through COVID-19?
Yahoo! Sports discusses the latest professional sports league regulations around COVID-positive athletes featuring experts including John P. DiFiori, MD, FACSM, chief of Primary Sports Medicine at HSS and Director of Sports Medicine for the NBA.
Dr. DiFiori emphasized that keeping players safe and healthy is the priority, and that more information is needed before considering making changes to the current protocols for COVID-positive players in the NBA.
“If a player is unvaccinated, we don't want to put them at risk. We are still of the mind that we want to keep everyone healthy and safe as much as we can,” said Dr. DiFiori.
Dr. DiFiori explained some of the unknowns: “We don't know yet how the virus will affect someone if they continue to train and compete immediately after they become infected. We don't know, if they do, if it worsens the overall illness. And in addition, we don't know if it increases the risk of complications.”
He added, “We have to be able to answer those questions, or have some level of reassurance that athletes would not run any increased risk that would be otherwise avoidable.”
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