The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to preventive measures worldwide. With the decline of infection rates, less stringent restrictions for sports and exercise are being implemented. COVID-19 is associated with significant cardiovascular complications; however there are limited data on cardiovascular complications and long-term outcomes in both competitive (elite) athletes and highly active individuals. Based on different categories of disease severity (asymptomatic, regional/systemic symptoms, hospitalisation, myocardial damage, and/or myocarditis), in this point-of-view article we offer the (sports) cardiologist or sports physician in the Netherlands a practical guide to pre-participation screening, and diagnostic and management strategies in all athletes >16 years of age after COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19, Exercise, Myocarditis, Recommendations, Sports
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12471-020-01469-z, hdl.handle.net/1765/128921
Netherlands Heart Journal
Department of Cardiology

Verwoert, G.C. (G. C.), de Vries, S.T. (S. T.), Bijsterveld, N. (N.), Willems, A.R. (A. R.), vd Borgh, R. (R.), Jongman, J.K. (J. K.), … Jørstad, H.T. (2020). Return to sports after COVID-19: a position paper from the Dutch Sports Cardiology Section of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology. Netherlands Heart Journal. doi:10.1007/s12471-020-01469-z