Long COVID – define it.
Symptoms after a covid infection that last past 3 months
Resurfacing of a past issue like asthma
Share some of your story.
Exposed on March 8th
Symptomatic on March 16
Body aches, shortness of breath
Sprint run chest burning
Mental fog – it was hard to learn new things
Exacerbated an autonomic condition
I tried to keep going but some friends did an intervention
You recently presented at two conferences about Long COVID. Give me the cliff notes.
San Diego Pain Summit – more theoretical and it is available to watch for free
NJATS – practical and scientific application for the Athletic Trainers
Some settings no longer require an RTP. What are your thoughts?
Most RTP does not address Long COVID
Encourage Cardiac testing
Breathing symptoms and cognitive symptoms
How do you tell the difference between out of conditioning, a cold, and long COVID?
Look at a normal deconditioning response indicator like heart rate
The aerobic system is broken.
People with cardiopulmonary testing or rehab do worse on day two, typically much worse.
It may be hard for athletes to verbalize their needs and concerns. It was hard for me as a grown adult medical provider to recognize and verbalize my needs.
The heart rate does not match what they are doing.
When I shower it may be 150 where I am 120 bpm walking upstairs.
Do they seem like they are getting sick from exercise?
What is the one take-home message for ATs dealing with Long COVID personally or professionally?
Make it simple
PEM or PESE post-exertional symptom exacerbation
Breathing pattern disorders – hard breathing when they should not be
Mast cell activation syndrome
An estimated 50% of long covid will have autonomic dysfunction
Heat illness is a major concern
LongCOVID Physio – a group for medical providers struggling – peer support
Stop rest and think
Have conversations early and often
Altered taste and smell is a thing with COVID
This can lead to difficulty with student-athletes getting proper nutrition
This is a Mass Disabling event
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