The synergy between elite athletes and their lungs has been well documented across the ages. If and when that synergy is lost, athletes may never get back to their optimum best. It’s why sportspersons with underlying lung conditions — asthma for example — have to battle extra odds to reach or stay at the top of their game.
In the times of Covid-19, how do affected athletes safely come back and train before returning to competition? The disease itself may have a low mortality rate among the young but the devastation it causes to the lungs, even among healthy individuals, may temporarily halt the careers of athletes.
On a day when six of India’s best hockey players continue their treatment in hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus, the answer isn’t simple.
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August 13, 2020