One in five college football games was canceled this season due to coronavirus concerns
A new study revealed that students who have had COVID-19 are likely to have heart damage after battling the deadly virus.
Fox 2 reported, shared researchers at Ohio State University data that highlighted the effect coronavirus has on students’ long-term health. According to the data, more than two dozen athletes who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 were included in the study. Of these athletes, more than 30% had cellular heart damage. 15% of the surveyed student practitioners showed signs of myocarditis caused by myocarditis.
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The 26 Ohio State University practitioners who were included were monitored and the results were obtained using a process known as cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR).
“Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has the potential to identify a high-risk cohort for adverse outcomes and may, most importantly, risk athletes for safe participation,” the study authors wrote in accordance with Fox 2. “Recent studies have raised concerns about myocardial infarction inflammation after recovery from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), even in asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients.”
The Big Ten Conference, the athletic division in which OSU plays, tried to interrupt the 2020-2021 football season due to the coronavirus pandemic. While some agreed, many student athletes, parents and school staff insisted on completing the season. theGrio reported Buckeye starting quarterback Justin Fields helped lead the indictment against canceling football with a petition.
“We, the football players from the big ten, together with fans and supporters of college football, ask that the Big Ten conference immediately restore the football season 2020,” the petition stated. The players were finally assigned a season on October 24, several weeks after the scheduled start date.
According to USA today, places with college football teams have seen an increase in coronavirus cases since the season started in several divisions. The news release reported from mid-November “counties where Power Five schools are located have seen an even larger increase in COVID-19 cases than the nationwide average, with communities in Big Ten and Big 12 experiencing the most dramatic increases in seven-day average of daily new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. ”
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New York Times reported that one in five college football games was canceled this season, so far above coronavirus concerns, according to NCAA data. However, the rapid spread of coronavirus does not prevent the organization from entering the basketball season. According to the survey, the NCAA recommends athletes and employees be tested for COVID-19 at least three times a week, and athletes are welcome to opt out of the season in exchange for an additional scholarship year.
The Ivy League was the first Division 1 conference to cancel winter sports. According to a press release, the Ivy League Council of Presidents made the decision.
“The unanimous decisions of the Ivy League Council of Presidents follow an expanded assessment of options and strategies to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, an analysis of the current increasing rates of COVID-19 – locally, regionally and nationally – and the resulting need to continue the campus policy related to travel, group size and visitors to the campus who take care of the campus and society, ”the statement is noted.
For some students, however, it may be too late. theGrio reported the Florida Gators basketball player Keyontae Johnson collapsed during a game and was subsequently diagnosed with myocarditis. Johnson tested positive for coronavirus earlier this summer, as well as several members of his team.
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