COVID-19. It’s August 2020. Months ago, I think we were all hopeful that the virus would be something of the past. But it didn’t go away. Obviously, we could debate all of the reasons why that may be but here we are. The summer has nearly passed us by and fall sports practices, for some, are now upon us. Sports at the youth level have been going in parts of the country for several months. The NHL and NBA have restarted in their bubbles with relative success so far. Major League Baseball is a different story with the local St Louis Cardinals missing over a week over baseball now, other teams having to sit and the Miami Marlins having to sit out and now on a winning streak with a reshuffled lineup. As of August 8, the first Power 5 conference, the MAC, announced it was canceling fall sports, Division II and Division III have cancelled fall sports championships. The Big Ten announced it is pausing advancing on football workouts.
So where do we go from here with sports. Sometimes they seem trivial in the big picture of things but there are many things about sports that certainly all of the guests on my pod today long for. We’ll touch on where we’ve come from over the last several months, where we are and speculate about where we go from here.
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— Dr. Jonathan Kim https://providers.emoryhealthcare.org/provider/Jonathan+H+Kim/777919
— Dr. Andrew Peterson https://uihc.org/andrew-peterson
— Jason Newland, MD http://pediatrics.wustl.edu/faculty/Newland_J
— Katie Smith, AT https://www.ssmhealth.com/cardinal-glennon/sportscare
— St Louis Return to Sports During COVID Plan https://www.bjc.org/Keeping-You-Safe/News/ArtMID/5837/ArticleID/4441/Restarting-Youth-and-High-School-Sports
— BJSM Blog About Cardiac Issues for athletes in COVID-19 era https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2020/04/24/the-resurgence-of-sport-in-the-wake-of-covid-19-cardiac-considerations-in-competitive-athletes/
— JAMA Cardiology viewpoint https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2766124
— American College of Cardiology (ACC) Summary https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2020/05/13/12/53/exercise-and-athletics-in-the-covid-19-pandemic-era
— ACC Viewpoint Pediatric Return to Play: Cardiac Considerations https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2020/07/13/13/37/returning-to-play-after-coronavirus-infection
— Big Ten Pauses, MAC Cancels Fall Season https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/ncaa/big-ten-postpones-contact-practices-football-mac-postpones-fall-sports
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The Host of this Program:
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.
The Guests Featured Inside this Program
Dr. Jonathan Kim:
Dr. Jonathan Kim is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Chief of Sports Cardiology in the Division of Cardiology and Orthopedics at Emory University and additionally holds an adjunct Professorship in the School of Applied Physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed undergrad at Emory and was a Fulbright Scholar before attending Vanderbilt Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and a cardiology fellowship at Emory. He is the Team Cardiologist for essentially all the Atlanta Pro sports teams as well as at Emory and Georgia Tech. He is a member of the NBA Cardiac Advisory Committee and the American College of Cardiology’s Sports and Exercise Council.
— Dr Jonathan Kim on Twitter
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.
— Dr Andy Peterson on Twitter
Dr. Jason 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.
— Dr. Jason Newland on Twitter
Katie Smith is the Sports Medicine Outreach Manager for SSM Health, as well as the Regional Manager for SportsCare USA. Katie received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Southeast Missouri State University and then her master’s degree in Education from Lindenwood University. Her clinical background spans from clinical services from pediatrics through high school, collegiate and professional sports. She currently oversees the sports medicine program for SSM Health that includes hospital based clinical services, outreach athletic trainers and community education.
— Katie Smith on Twitter