BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Living with the threat of covid can make life difficult for anyone, but for athletes, your season depends on your health.
In 2020, researchers conducted a pioneering study that focused on LSU players and their recovery from covid, to ensure football can continue as planned.
Meanwhile, the CDC has recommended people stay 6 feet apart, but most athletes can’t be that far from opponents or other players.
Researchers from LSU and local hospitals examined the blood and saliva of LSU football players to determine the likelihood of the athletes overcoming covid symptoms.
“In the first part of the study, we had 29 players and we divided those into 15 who had contracted the virus and had to self-isolate for 10 days, and 14 who remained completely virus-free,” said said Guillaume Spielmann, senior trauma researcher at Notre-Dame du Lac Hospital.
James Stampley says that as a former athlete he knows firsthand how physically difficult it can be to train.
From his perspective, making sure players were fully healthy before putting them back on the pitch would be vital.
“Covid has affected the world so drastically, when it comes to everyday life. When it comes to performance, I think it’s important to understand this link and the effect it will have on our athletes,” James Stampley, PhD student in bioenergy at LSU.
During the study, they found that 10 days was actually enough for players to recover from the virus, and the players were healthy enough to enter the pitch.
Speilman says their next steps are to continue this research effort and branch out to the public.
“Now we continue to collect data and we want to relay these findings to older adults and potential patients who have contracted covid who may have more severe symptoms,” Speilman said.
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