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Doctor claims 30-35% of Big Ten athletes had myocarditis after testing positive for COVID-19

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Myocarditis, along with COVID-19, can cause long-lasting effects on even a healthy athlete due to a weakened heart.

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UPDATE

As it turns out, Dr. Sebastianelli misspoke about the rate of myocarditis found in Big Ten athletes who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Seems like everyone involved with the Big Ten can’t get their stories straight.


Throughout the period of COVID-19 and people arguing whether or not it was harmful to athletes and younger folks, Penn State’s Director of Athletic Medicine, Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, has supposedly found a very daunting statistic.

From the positive cases of coronavirus in the Big Ten, around 30-35% of those infected were found to have myocarditis, a form of inflammation of the heart muscle, according to the Centre Daily Times.

The threat of myocarditis is one of the reasons why athletic directors across the nation were hesitant to continue with a fall football season, and rightly so. Myocarditis can affect your hearts ability to pump blood and cause abnormal heart beats. The symptoms of myocarditis are similar to that of coronavirus, with chest pains, shortness of breathe, and fatigue all being one. Myocarditis can also cause clots and potential heart attacks.

If a player were to go ahead with a season and suffer longing effects from COVID-19 that they caught while playing for their university, college football will have a battle on its hands.

This is just one of the many risks involved with playing a college football season.