The Ohio State study of 26 athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 found that four of those athletes showed symptoms of myocarditis.
The study was published on Friday because of concerns that myocarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle – COVID-19 may have a long-term effect. The school’s 15 male and 11 female players in the study came from multiple sports, including football, and none of the athletes had to be hospitalized or received specific treatment for their coronavirus infection.
Doctors ran cardiac magnetic resonance imaging on the athletes in June through August to check their heart health. And while four athletes had concluded “suggestive of myocarditis,” the study noted that “COVID-19-related myocardial injury is not evident in competitive athletes and sports participation.”
From the study:
Of the 26 competing athletes, 4 (15%) received CMR findings myocarditis and 8 additional athletes (30.8%) performed. [late gadolinium enhancement] T2 regeneration preventive without prior myocardial injury. COVID-19-related myocardial injury is not evident in competitive athletes and sports participation. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has the potential to identify a high-risk cohort for adverse outcomes and, importantly, put athletes at risk for safe participation because CMR mapping techniques are used to control myocarditis. High negative predictive value.
It is important to note how small the study is. A study of 26 athletes at a conference with thousands is not enough to draw hard-line conclusions. Summary of Study “Reads” While larger studies, including long-term follow-up and control populations, are required to understand CMR changes in competitive athletes, CMR may provide an excellent risk-stratification assessment for myocarditis in athletes whom Is recovered from COVID-19. To guide safe competitive sports participation. “
Ohio State is part of the Big Ten, one of four conferences at the top tier of college football, which postponed all fall games until a later date. The study, a day after Ohio State coach Ryan Day, also published that communication from the conference was “disappointing” in the wake of the adjourned decision and he could not explain to his players why some teams were still playing football. The Big Ten was not.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have stated that their decisions to postpone Fall Sports were made due to uncertainty surrounding many aspects of COVID-19, including its long-term effects.
“We are concerned about the health consequences related to the virus,” Pac-12’s health assessment said. “Of these, there is new and developed information about potentially serious cardiovascular effects in elite athletes. We do not have enough information about these health issues to understand the short and long term consequences. “
The conference was postponed the day after several Big Ten athletes were exposed to reports of myocarditis. Myocarditis can be associated with viral infections and severe cases can weaken a person’s heart and even result in death. Lack of strenuous exercise for a period of weeks or months until inflammation subsides is a general recommendation for those with it.
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Nick Bromberg Is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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