Posted by Coach on September 03, 2020 at 17:57:03:
In Reply to: 30-35 percent of Big Ten athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 appeared to have myocarditis posted by Dave Reville on September 03, 2020 at 11:10:18:
: BREAKING THIS MORNING: PennState's director of athletic medicine, Wayne Sebastianelli, says that cardiac MRI scans revealed that roughly 30-35 percent of Big Ten athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 appeared to have myocarditis. Link below:
It is interesting, but he also clarified that based on MRIs the athletes may have myocarditis and that further testing would be necessary. He also stated that he ran those further tests on all the Penn State athletes that tested positive for COVID and none (that means zero percent) had myocarditis, including the ones whose MRIs indicated they may have it. The reason they say it is unknown is because they are finding very few confirmed cases.
It is not uncommon for viral infections to result in myocarditis. It often goes undiagnosed and untreated and clears up on its own in a few days to a couple weeks. Serious cases typically go hand in hand with serious cases of the virus.
This is more a case for, if the kids get sick, we need to make sure we check them thoroughly before allowing them to return to action. The risk is almost non-existent if you take the proper precautions. In fact, the proper precautions are what revealed this condition in a couple high profile football players. They already had myocarditis and their testing due to COVID uncovered it. If the sport had been shut down, they would have never known.
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