By Andrew Lashus, MD Pediatric Cardiology
It’s sports physical time! As a new school year begins, we know there are questions about COVID-19 and the impact on young athletes. Athletic activities play an important role in the physical and mental health of your child, but there are risks related to COVD-19 that athletes, coaches, officials, and teammates should consider before they hit the field or court.
The Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MT AAP) has a few recommendations for parents and athletes:
- All athletes who exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should be held out of ALL practices, games, and events until cleared by a healthcare professional.
- Any athlete classified with moderate illness or prolonged symptoms including, more than 4 days of fever greater than 100.4, myalgia, chills, or lethargy, should not return to sports until 10 days after their COVID-19 symptoms have resolved AND have a normal EKG AND a pediatric cardiologist has been consulted for further evaluation.
- For additional information, please visit the MT AAP: mtpeds.org/covid-19-resources and the Montana High School Association mhsa.org.
Andrew Lashus, MD Pediatric Cardiology received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He then went on to complete a peditaric residency at Arkansas. Children's Hospital and fellowships in pediatric cardiology (Medical Univeristy of South Carolina) and pediatric cardiology interventional catherterization (The Cleveland Clinic Foundation). Dr Lashus brings over 20 years of pediatric cardiology experience to the children of our community.
For more information, please call the SCL Health - Billings Pediatric Specialty Clinic at 406-237-5300.