Returning to Sports During a Pandemic with Dr. Jason Newland

It’s been a long several months with stay-at-home orders, a lack of consistent nationwide recommendations of what should and should not be done, and a lot of empty gyms and vacant fields. COVID-19 has certainly thrown all of our lives for a loop. It’s also a little humbling to become a less essential physician when a virus is wreaking havoc around the world but there has been certainly a lot lower demand for a sports medicine physician during this slow down. But as we start to see the curve flattening of cases and deaths and an actual decline in positive test rates around the country, considerations are needing to be made as how do we safely reintroduce kids back to sports.

Missouri received some extra attention this past week as baseball and softball tournaments were already happening less than a week after our governor stopped the stay at home order. Social distancing was still to be the norm, however, in many team sports and when you are dealing with a lot of pre-teen kids, that’s a little hard to enforce and make happen efficiently.

In response to this quick restart of sports, several sports medicine and infectious disease specialists from the St Louis area including those from Washington University School of Medicine, Mercy and SSM Health Systems worked together to create a document to help guide kids back safely into youth sports. Today on the podcast I’ll be joined by Dr. Jason Newland, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at St Louis Children’s Hospital and a key part of the team that put these recommendations together to hash out what’s in the documents and some of the reasoning behind it


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— St Louis Area Recommendations for Return to Sports during COVID-19 Press release and document

— Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus

— World Health Organization (WHO ) Coronavirus

— Aspen Project Play Coronavirus

— NFHS Guidance for Return to Sports


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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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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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