COVID-19 resulted in restrictions in training and competition for athletes, whether they were high school, college or professional. Now that those restrictions are easing, athletes may find that getting back to normal for a possible post-COVID fall season isn’t as easy as it seems, says a University of Cincinnati sports medicine expert.
Brian Grawe, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at UC’s College of Medicine and sports medicine specialist with UC Health, says he fears that there may be more injuries because athletes just aren’t that prepared after their ability to exercise and exercise Have limited fitness for competition during months of isolation or severely limited interaction.
“Athletes have different levels of fitness and different expectations are placed on preparation,” says Grawe, who treats high school, college and professional sports teams in the Tristate. “We got used to these Zoom meetings and the lack of face-to-face interaction. Many of the various sports teams, high school, college and professional ranks have got used to this platform and are using it for preparation. “
Grawe and Bret Betz, MD, Assistant Professors of Orthopedic Surgery at UC, spoke to the Cincinnati Edition of WVXU about proper physical and mental conditioning for high school, college, and professional athletes.
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