Doctors and researchers who helped care for college athletes with COVID-19 and set guidelines for a safe return to play now plan to study the long-term effects of the virus. The work could have a lasting impact beyond the pandemic.
The research stems from trailblazing collaborations between cardiologists and sports medicine physicians across the country who wanted to better understand the impact of the disease on college athletes’ hearts.
Researchers overseeing one project, the Outcomes Registry for Cardiac Conditions in Athletes (ORCCA), plan to collect a new round of data at the start of this school year to follow up with athletes diagnosed with COVID-19 a year ago. The 42 colleges and universities participating in the registry play primarily in some of the country’s biggest athletic conferences.
ORCCA researchers also plan to release a study later this year focusing on athletes with