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Elite athletes safely return to sports after COVID-19Heart problems after a COVID infection are a serious concern for both elite athletes and recreational athletes alike. A study from Amsterdam UMC, published today in Heart, offers some reassuring news. "We examined over 250 elite athletes and found that those who had contracted COVID-19 did not experience severe heart issues that impacted their careers," says Juliette van Hattum, a PhD candidate in sports cardiology at Amsterdam UMC.
Athletes have no reason to be concerned by their COVID-19 vaccine this winter but timing mattersIt is now almost a rule of thumb: As soon as an athlete falls to the ground with a sudden cardiac arrest, social media is awash with claims that COVID-19 vaccinations are to blame. This was the case with English footballer Charlie Wyke, cyclist Sonny Colbrelli and, most recently, with college basketballer, and son of LeBron, Bronny James. In the view of Harald Jorstad, Sports Cardiologist at Amsterdam UMC, there is no evidence to support these claims, but timing of the vaccination can be structured to not negatively influence performance. This article is, today, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
"Measure, Measure, Measure” - Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science opens its doors"How fast is their start? What is their airtime? When do they jump? How long are they in the air?” this was the barrage of questions that hit Gregory Sedoc, former Olympian and European Champion over the 60m hurdles, when, in 2005, he first met his new coach, the German 'master maker’ Uli Knapp. Knapp wanted to know everything about Sedoc's rivals. Sedoc didn't even know these numbers about himself.
PET scan detects early stage inflammatory arthritis earlierThe PET scan offers the possibility of detecting incipient inflammations in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and axial spondyloarthritis (ax-SpA) at an earlier stage. This has been shown in research among patients by rheumatologist and researcher of AII Conny van der Laken.