Sports leagues initially feared that testing positive for Covid-19 would lead to heart damage. The first comprehensive study—on hundreds of pro athletes—suggests that is rare.
Some changes to rules and the fan experience are here to stay, as is the increased leverage athletes have to speak their mind.
There are ways to take matters in your own hands and reduce the risk of infection. Exercise at home or outdoors, and if you do go to a gym or an indoor court, spend less time exercising there. You can decrease your risk by reducing exposure time, says Dr. Todd B. Ellerin, director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health in Weymouth, Mass.
At a time when COVID-19 cases are rising worldwide, our experts say it's best to avoid playing or exercising in an indoor facility for now.
There is perhaps no greater hurdle to a return to normalcy in sports than the hesitancy among some elite athletes to be vaccinated.
Weighing the risks and benefits of participating in sports against the larger public health factors.
Qualifying for the Games can be the achievement of a lifetime. In the coronavirus era, though, that opportunity can vanish without warning.
Youth sports are ramping up in many parts of the country. But without a vaccine for children, we still need to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
The Pac-12 athletes have four areas in which they want to see their conference make critical changes to its policies: health, non-revenue-generating sports, racial justice, and financial matters. The changes would apply to both scholarship and walk-on athletes.
The health demands would primarily require the conference to make changes to limit the effects of the coronavirus, like allowing players to opt out of the season for the duration of the pandemic without losing their eligibility, and enacting minimal safety standards that cover “Covid-19 as well as serious injury, abuse and death.”
The pandemic is also taking a mental health toll on pretty much everyone else, of course. But these numbers are startling given that exercise has been shown to help mitigate issues like depression and anxiety.
While the COVID-19 pause has created huge challenges for professional sports, organizations can use this opportunity to rethink and reshape the fan-centred experience for the next era of the industry throughout North America.
The prolonged shutdown of the sports world is taking a huge financial toll. And comeback plans all have a pesky hurdle — public health.
The only team to play the entire season without any confirmed positive cases did so with innovative thinking, vigilance to protocols and some Pete Carroll-style competition.
The NBA and NFL generated rich data throughout the pandemic—and changed the way researchers thought about the coronavirus.