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COVID-19 and Sporting Activity

Updated 11 March 2022

Return to sport following COVID-19 illness

COVID-19 infections commonly result in asymptomatic or mild symptoms in athletic populations. However, it is very important to return athletes to training using a safe and graduated approach. Athletes should consult their team doctor / sport CMO for guidance while adhering to their state isolation periods.

Current advice for those using the AIS Canberra Campus

Please see the latest information prepared by AIS Medicine for high performance sports located and operating from the AIS Campus.

Current advice for those using the AIS Canberra Campus

The Australian Institute of Sport, partnering with the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia, is committed to providing the National High Performance Sports System with timely, evidence-based information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that recognises the unique concerns and context associated with high performance sport.
Australian Institue of Sport
Australian Olympic Committee
Paralympics Australia

Advice and resources

Valtonen, M., Waris, M., Vuorinen, T., Eerola, E., Hakanen, A. J., Mjosund, K., . . . Ruuskanen, O. (2019). Common cold in Team Finland during 2018 Winter Olympic Games (PyeongChang): epidemiology, diagnosis including molecular point-of-care testing (POCT) and treatment. British Journal of Sports Medicine, bjsports-2018-100487. Retrieved from http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2019/05/29/bjsports-2018-100487.abstract. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2018-100487

Wu, Z., & McGoogan, J. M. (2020). Characteristics of and Important Lessons From the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in China: Summary of a Report of 72 314 Cases From the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. JAMA. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.2648. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2648

Zhang, S., Diao, M., Yu, W., Pei, L., Lin, Z., & Chen, D. Estimation of the reproductive number of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the probable outbreak size on the Diamond Princess cruise ship: A data-driven analysis. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.02.033. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2020.02.033

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