When Can Kids Return to Playing Sports?

Pediatric sports medicine specialist Dr. Emily Kraus offers tips to help parents decide when their children can return to sports during the pandemic.

As some young adult teams return to practice amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some parents are left wondering what’s best for their children, and how to keep them safe if they decide to start playing again.

In the video below, Emily Kraus, MD, a pediatric sports medicine specialist at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, offers guidance for parents and young athletes navigating the risks and rewards of playing during the pandemic. She describes factors to help parents decide whether their kids should return to practice or play, and lists which sports are safest to play during the pandemic. She also provides tips for reducing injuries from ramping back up to play too quickly.

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