Bundesliga stars warned that catching coronavirus could cause career-ending lung damage by the top physician
Bundesliga stars warned that catching coronavirus could cause ‘irreversible’ lung damage that could end a career with German top sports doctor prior to the competition’s return this weekend
- The Bundesliga is the first Major League in Europe to return during a coronavirus pandemic
- Players have been warned by a top doctor about the dangers of contracting the virus
- A German professor claims that coronavirus can cause career-damaging lung damage
- The DFL has strict safety guidelines in place prior to the weekend’s games
- Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19
Bundesliga stars have been warned that catching coronavirus could cause “irreversible” and “career-ending” lung damage by a top sports doctor prior to the competition’s return this weekend.
The German Football League (DFL) has strict rules in place to protect players from the risk of infection from the virus by playing games behind closed doors and only a limited number of media and officials may be present.
Players have also been told to avoid pre-match handshakes and celebrating goals together prior to this weekend’s return.
Bundesliga stars have been warned that catching coronavirus could end their careers
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is wearing a face mask after a session this week
The DFL says that while no plan could ever be “100 percent safe,” the guidelines are designed to create a playing environment with a low, “medically justified risk.”
However, Professor Wilhelm Bloch of the German University of Sports in Cologne warns that contracting the corona virus has the potential to end a player’s career.
“There is a risk that elite athletes will lose their level of performance and never regain it,” Bloch told AFP.
In general, the physical composition, immune system and cardiovascular system of elite athletes means that the risk for them is low.
However, we don’t know at this time whether even minor infections or even mild symptoms will cause harm, such as small scars in the lungs after inflammation.
“This damage can be irreversible, or it can take a long time for the body to repair it.
Bundesliga clubs have been training this week pending a return to weekend action
The DFL says their guidelines create a playing environment with a low, medically justified risk
“Players are already infected in Europe and we will soon know if they are regaining their full potential.”
Bloch said it is nearly impossible to estimate the risk to footballers in Germany, who currently have 172,239 recorded cases of the virus and more than 7,700 deaths.
“Players are not in full quarantine, they are with their families, even though they have been instructed to limit contact,” he said.
“And there are also risks during matches.
“They are all tested, but not all coronavirus tests work perfectly. There is a relatively large margin of error. ‘
Players cannot shake or hug hands when celebrating goals for the rest of the season