The medical community continues to learn how COVID affects the body—especially how COVID affects student athletes who return to sports after having the disease. In rare cases, high school athletes have died during exertion from COVID-related heart issues. For this reason, Central Valley will now require a doctor's note stating the student is safe to return to play.
If the doctor determines the case was mild, the athlete will return to practice and play once the quarantine has ended. In circumstances where the doctor feels that an athlete's case was moderate or severe, the athlete will follow a protocol to slowly wean back into full participation. This is similar to the concussion protocol, which slowly works the athlete back into full participation.
For further information, please reach out to Garrett Olds, Athletic Sports Coordinator.