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German doctor warns footballers of irreversible damage from covid-19

timeslive: Despite rigid hygiene guidelines for the restart of the Bundesliga this weekend, a leading German sports doctor has warned footballers are still at risk of suffering “irreversible” and potentially career-ending lung damage from the coronavirus.

With Europe’s other top leagues at least a month away from resuming, the German Football League (DFL) has drawn up strict rules for when games restart this Saturday.

Matches will be played behind closed doors, with only a limited number of media and officials allowed to attend.

The key games see second-placed Borussia Dortmund at home to Schalke 04 in Saturday’s derby and leaders Bayern Munich, who are four points clear, visiting Union Berlin on Sunday.

Players have been told to limit contact, even on the pitch, and must avoid pre-match handshakes and hugs to celebrate goals.

The DFL says while no plan could ever be “100 percent safe”, the guidelines aim to create a playing environment with a low, “medically-justifiable risk”.

However, professor Wilhelm Bloch, from the German Sports University in Cologne, warns that contracting the coronavirus has the potential to end a player’s career.

“There is a risk that top athletes may lose their level of performance and never regain it,” Bloch told AFP in a phone interview.

“Generally, the physical makeup, immune system and cardiovascular system of elite athletes means that the risk to them is low.

“However, we do not know at this time whether even minor infections, or even mild symptoms, do not cause damage, such as minor scarring of the lungs after an inflammation.

“This damage may be irreversible, or may last a very long time before the body repairs it.

“We’ve already had players infected in Europe and we’ll soon know if they recover their full potential.”

 Increased injury risk 
Bloch said it is near impossible to estimate what the risk is to footballers in Germany, which currently has 172,239 recorded cases of the virus and over 7,700 deaths.

“Players are not in total quarantine, they are with their families, even if they have been instructed to limit contact,” he said.

“And there are also risks during matches.

“They will all be tested, but not all the coronavirus tests work perfectly. There is a relatively large margin of error.”

The sports doctor says another concern is injuries to players, given their lack of match fitness since the league stopped in mid-March.

“Obviously, the players are not optimally prepared,” Bloch said, with clubs only resuming full team training last week.

“Depending on the degree of preparation, the risk of injury increases.

“We can expect that the players will be more prone to injuries.

“We will see muscle injuries, but also injuries to the musculoskeletal system and tendons.

“You can’t compare it with the start of the season.

“At the beginning of the season they normally have a very intensive training period, then a short break so that the body can regenerate, and then they attack the season.

“Now, that hasn’t been possible for all the teams.”

Bloch also wonders how players can be expected to throw themselves into tackles after weeks of being told to observe social distancing.

“I’m not a psychologist, it’s difficult to assess, but I think it’s going to be a difficult transition and it won’t necessarily be good for their performance,” said Bloch.

“It’s also going to be one of those factors that you have to consider and one of the risk factors for injury.”

Source: Published by timeslive

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Sulaiman Omotoso Taofeeq
Sulaiman Omotoso Taofeeq
4 months ago

What a nice update, footballing world should take this into consideration.

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
4 months ago

Everyone is at risk,but since they are keen in finishing this season,so let them finish it.but my opinion is to end this season like this and resume next season in all league.

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
4 months ago

Im as much as I want football 2 resume, I feel they are rushing dis return… There’s more to human life Dan anything else. Let’s make sure we’ve contained the spread B4 we resume anything

Felix Osezua
Felix Osezua
4 months ago

I had this fear though. I think the league should wait a little longer for coronavirus epidemic to relapse before the league resume

Idris yayah
Idris yayah
4 months ago

It a pity for those that are going to contact the virus amid of bundesliga return.
Good health should all that matter for nw.

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
4 months ago

If footballers will be at risk of contracting the virus, then i see no need in resuming the league, its either they award the title to Bayern Munich or they void the season and resume afresh when it is very safe. Human life and safety is more important

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
4 months ago

Players are put at risk , they should take proper medication for both players and official because there is no proper cure for this corona virus

ogunjemiyo Akinlami
ogunjemiyo Akinlami
4 months ago

if the player can abide by the rule i believe they are good to go

Nelson Joseph
Nelson Joseph
4 months ago

It seems I agree with you

Morka kingsley
Morka kingsley
4 months ago

Really

Ajagu Joseph Samson
Ajagu Joseph Samson
4 months ago

Please you guys should allow the football season come back

Stanley
Stanley
4 months ago

He is right you know, that is the point but we don’t know how long this is gonna last

Rotimi tunbosun
Rotimi tunbosun
4 months ago

Let starts league despite that they will do test and play it in door game

Rotimi tunbosun
Rotimi tunbosun
4 months ago

Let start it now indoor game

Joseph Gbenga
Joseph Gbenga
4 months ago

The doctor is saying the truth the players are not 100% saved with this measures

Joseph
Joseph
4 months ago

They should all be very careful and take precautions

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
4 months ago

It could be true

AREO Abiodun
AREO Abiodun
4 months ago

Nice quote for the players

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
4 months ago

I hope all goes well and according to plan

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
4 months ago

Hope all warnings will be adhered to? The players well being Is of paramount importance

Atte
Atte
4 months ago

The doc may be right, thats why all guidelines, precautions and warnings should be strictly adhered to avoid unnecessary casualty, otherwise the league would be short lived

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
4 months ago

I don’t see why Bundesliga should resume ahead of time..
This virus is still spreading and thousands are dying,football is really interesting but safety is the most important thing.

Osuji Caleb Ikechi
Osuji Caleb Ikechi
4 months ago

Hopefully they will be safe, pray nothing happens to them

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
4 months ago

Off course they should know the rist without been told but as it now, they should all put hands on desk to make all the precautionary measures are strictly carried out. They should by all means avoid hugging and hand shake for now

Ajoseh Florence
Ajoseh Florence
4 months ago

Good update

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
4 months ago

They should still wait for some time

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
4 months ago

Well they really want to finish the season,I hope they take all the precautions to stay stay,especially the facemask

Olayinka Njoku
Olayinka Njoku
4 months ago

I hope they will listen to the advice…… health is wealth. It is when you are alive Hale and hearty that you will remember to make money.

Ajetunmobi Abdulrahman
Ajetunmobi Abdulrahman
4 months ago

I pray bad things never happen