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Rev Esp Quimioter 2022; November 7

Impact and control of the COVID pandemic in an elite sports club: Real Madrid

NIKO MIHIC, JAIME ABASCAL, JOSÉ LÓPEZ CHICHARRO, FELIPE SEGURA, SUZANNE HUURMAN, BORJA NÚÑEZ DE AYSA, EMILIO BOUZAA

Published: 7 November 2022

http://www.doi.org/10.37201/req/072.2022

The incidence and risk factors for poor outcome in patients with COVID are well known, as are the protective measures in high-risk populations. In contrast, the epidemiological and clinical behavior of this disease in the population of elite athletes who are the paradigm of good health is poorly understood. Data on COVID in athletes are scarce and have focused preferentially on the consequences on sports performance of confinement measures and on the pathophysiological risks of infected athletes.
Real Madrid is a large elite sports institution with facilities in the City of Madrid where 600 athletes train daily. The incidence of COVID during a study period of 671 days of observation in athletes, professional or amateur, working in the institution has been 0,74 per 1,000 days of exposure. The disease has been asymptomatic or oligosymptomatic in all athletes and did not require any hospital admissions.
The different teams did not have to suspend any of its sportive commitments for COVID during the study period and there was no evidence of outbreaks of internal transmission between members of the different teams.

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