COVID-19 and Sports: What We've Learned and Where Are We Going for Fall 2021

COVID-19 and Sports: What We’ve Learned and Where Are We Going for Fall 2021


We are 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Just about a year ago we had an episode trying to gauge what would happen with fall sports. To date, it has been the most downloaded episode of this podcast. As we see surges continue to happen around the country and around the world as the Delta variant spreads, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit where we are, lessons learned – or not learned, and what the sports world may be doing for this next sports season. I’ve brought back our pediatric infectious disease expert, a pediatric cardiologist, and a Big Ten team physician.


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— Daniels CJ, Rajpal S, Greenshields JT, Rosenthal GL, Chung EH, Terrin M, Jeudy J, Mattson SE, Law IH, Borchers J, Kovacs R, Kovan J, Rifat SF, Albrecht J, Bento AI, Albers L, Bernhardt D, Day C, Hecht S, Hipskind A, Mjaanes J, Olson D, Rooks YL, Somers EC, Tong MS, Wisinski J, Womack J, Esopenko C, Kratochvil CJ, Rink LD; Big Ten COVID-19 Cardiac Registry Investigators. Prevalence of Clinical and Subclinical Myocarditis in Competitive Athletes With Recent SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Results From the Big Ten COVID-19 Cardiac Registry. JAMA Cardiol. 2021 May 27:e212065. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2021.2065. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34042947; PMCID: PMC8160916.

— Moulson N, Petek BJ, Drezner JA, Harmon KG, Kliethermes SA, Patel MR, Baggish AL; Outcomes Registry for Cardiac Conditions in Athletes Investigators. SARS-CoV-2 Cardiac Involvement in Young Competitive Athletes. Circulation. 2021 Jul 27;144(4):256-266. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.121.054824. Epub 2021 Apr 17. PMID: 33866822; PMCID: PMC8300154.

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The Host of this Program:

Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Guest Featured Inside this Program

Jason Newland - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadJason Newland: 

Dr. Jason Newland is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University and St Louis Children’s Hospital. He completed his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame followed by his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma. He then went to the University of Nebraska and finished his tour around the country for his academic training by completing his fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. He previous was on the faculty as a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City and then came to St Louis in 2016. He also is the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at St Louis Children’s Hospital. And also relevant to the podcast, he is an avid sports fan and has 3 teens who are active in swimming, soccer and basketball.

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William Orr - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadWilliam Orr: 

Dr. William Orr is an assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the exercise physiology lab at St Louis Children’s Hospital. He current research focuses on the value of exercise testing in pediatrics and program development and introducing new technology for resting. He has served on task force with me in St Louis as our pediatric cardiology consultant that helped provide guidance for allowing for safe return to sports for young athletes during this pandemic.

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Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast COVID-19 Update: Are Sports Happening This Fall?Dr. Andy Peterson: 

Dr. Andy Peterson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. He completed undergraduate at Lawrence University and Medical School at the University of Wisconsin.  He did his residency training in Pediatrics and completed fellowships in both Primary Care Sports Medicine and Clinical Research at the University of Wisconsin.  He now directs the University of Iowa Primary Care Sports Medicine and Sport Concussion Programs.  He works clinically as a Sports Medicine Physician and as the Head Team Physician for the Iowa Hawkeyes.


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