Professionals from BH teams point out impacts of COVID-19 on players

Unlike what was observed in the first months of the pandemic, the COVID-19 it has been increasingly serious for young people and adults. In this scenario, care also needed to be doubled in football. O Supports talked to professionals From times Belo Horizonte, who spoke about the main impacts disease in players.

In Minas Gerais football, Atltico was the club with the most cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. In all, 34 people, between members of the coaching staff and athletes, were infected. Alan Franco, Ecuadorian midfielder, was one of the most affected by the disease and took a few months to regain his fitness.

Amrica had 32 cases and one of the most recent was the most severe. Leandro Carvalho, Cear’s newly hired striker, tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after his arrival at the club. After returning, the player was ill during training and also during his debut, against Caldense, when he vomited on the field.

Among athletes and members of the technical committee, Cruzeiro registered 15 cases COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Raposa was one of the clubs in Brazil that suffered the least due to sickness.


In an interview with Supports, Andr jafeth, a doctor from Amrica, detailed the club’s standard procedure in relation to COVID-19 cases. He highlighted the constant monitoring of infected athletes.

“The main impacts on players, in addition to general issues, such as symptoms, plus the issue of withdrawal. Athletes have to fulfill this withdrawal without any physical activity. They have to go without training. Then there is a loss of conditioning. We have to pay attention to possible cardiac changes as well, ”he said.

“We have been following the recommendations of the higher bodies, and what we have in the literature about care. First, isolation. After they complete this period of isolation – of at least ten days, but may extend a little longer in some recommended cases – these athletes are evaluated clinically, undergo cardiac exams. With normal exams, they are allowed to return to their activities, but we keep an eye on them, a follow-up. Any complaint, we make a new assessment and monitor the athletes ”.

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Andr Jafeth also pointed out that professional soccer athletes are less likely to develop more severe complications with COVID-19 because they are not directly associated with the disease risk group.

“With regard to athletes, we have an audience that does not qualify as a risk group, so to speak. We had no more important case. They were all relatively mild symptoms. Some felt a little more, but it is already a group that, theoretically, is not considered at risk. By age range, the issue of physical activity, for example, ”he said.

“I think the biggest difficulty, the biggest impact in terms of general health. It is a new thing that people have been learning more and more about. There may be some muscle involvement, the question of lack of training – there is an athlete who loses weight, loses lean mass. Now, there were not many pulmonary changes among athletes. The limitation is that athletes feel more tired. This is sometimes a cardiovascular issue, sometimes metabolic things that we will still know over time. But I think a set. Most of the athletes we have been following have not had a long recovery, but also have to do with conditioning ”, he added. Supports.

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In an interview with Supports, Haroldo Christo, cardiologist at Atlântico, highlighted the feeling of fatigue of players who contract COVID-19. He also highlighted the difficulty in recovering physical fitness.

“The main impact on both athletes and non-athletes is the feeling of fatigue that follows COVID. In addition to taking more time than usual to regain their fitness, athletes also experience muscle pain more often. As in the general population, it is assumed that athletes with associated diseases (for example, asthma, diabetes, etc.), may have more serious and frequent complications ”, he analyzed.

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“The main post-COVID manifestation of muscle fatigue / weakness. Cases in which there is respiratory and / or cardiac impairment are rare in athletes who have had COVID-19 without symptoms. Individuals with more severe conditions, such as pneumonia and in need of hospitalization, are more likely to present cardiac and pulmonary complications, ”he added.

Also in contact with the report, Cristiano Nunes, athletic trainer of the Atlantic, spoke about the preventive measures adopted by the club to avoid cases of COVID-19. “It is important to note that the Atlantic adopts strict measures, which are very strict in relation to the prevention of contamination by this virus so that our work environment is very safe. Measures such as periodic examinations, daily thermal control, removal by any type of symptom until a new examination, hand hygiene, use of a mask, equipment hygiene, etc. ”.

“There is a great concern on the part of all, for the moment that the country is in relation to this pandemic. We have seen a very large spread, many people being affected and with sequelae. The most worrying are the many daily bites ”, he added.

Regarding physical preparation, Cristiano highlighted the ‘special care’ in the recovery of players affected by the coronavirus, with progressive training intensity according to the athlete’s evolution.

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“With regard to physical recovery, we know that people respond differently to the virus. In football, it is very difficult for athletes to show serious symptoms. Those who are asymptomatic continue to do an exercise routine established by the technical team in their homes, in quarantine, isolated ”, he explained.

“Those who have some symptoms are advised to stay inactive. Upon his return to training, the load gradually increases as he feels like doing the training. There is special care in returning to training so that the athlete can recover his physical condition, with a lot of control ”, he concluded.

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Srgio Campolina, doctor from Cruzeiro, stressed to the Supports the commitment of the club’s athletes to social isolation during the pandemic. Fox had one of the lowest COVID-19 case indices in Series A and B.

“Football clubs are unable to stay out of Brazil’s reality. As a closed group, we are obliged to redouble the care, which is fundamental in the control of COVID-19. The Cruzeiro athletes, seeing that we controlled with the exams and the rigor in the use of alcohol gel and masks, already inside the club a ‘security bubble’ was created. This was confirmed by the low number of cases. We had one of the lowest rates of positive cases for both Ms. A and Ms. B, ”he said.

“In positive cases, no athlete has had significant clinical repercussions. Now, in this ‘second part’ of the disease, it has not been very necessary to keep charging athletes. Because the disease has really affected many young people, athletes, and with clinical repercussions. So, players have also become more cautious outside the club. They are also looking for security outside the club. Awareness has increased a lot ”, he said.

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Srgio also spoke about the most observed impacts on professional soccer athletes and highlighted the difficulty in recovering muscle mass in the months following infection.

“None with cardiac, pulmonary or coagulation disorder. Every athlete, once positive, we do a series of complementary exams to avoid this type of complication. We know that these complications have arisen since the tenth day, which was previously a data for the release of athletes. We have created a caution above what we had last year, in fact, of control ”.

“Systemic disease. So, asymptomatic athletes, or those with mild symptoms, the cardiopulmonary repercussion was very low. Now, whoever developed some type of pneumonia, there is a drop in the initial performance, in the four post-disease months – including, with loss of muscle mass. We control this percentage of fat a lot, and really, in athletes who have had a clinical repercussion, they have had a greater difficulty in returning to the pre-infection indexes. That fact, ”added Campolina in an interview with Supports.

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