Special issue on cardiovascular health in sedentary and athletes in the age of COVID-19

Published 24 March, 2022

This special issue focuses on the broad theme of cardiovascular health and COVID-19. We are particularly interested in the cardiovascular risks caused by the virus, and possible mitigation strategies to reduce those risks. We welcome high-quality, original research articles, thematic reviews, or opinion/guideline papers from clinical practitioners in cardiovascular and sports medicine, academic researchers, sports trainers and coaches, and public health managers around the globe.

Topics covered:

  • Cardiovascular risks caused by COVID-19, are exacerbated by physical inactivity due to lockdowns and fitness facility closures.   
  • Cardiovascular impairments caused by “Long COVID” and rehabilitation strategies, including exercise training.
  • Guidelines and protocols for a safe return to sports competitions for amateur and professional athletes after recovering from COVID-19 infection.   
  • Adverse cardiovascular effects of various COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, e.g., myocarditis, thrombus formation and other hematologic disorders, cardiac arrhythmia, etc.
  • Possible causes of increased incidence of cardiac sudden death in professional athletes during the pandemic.
  • Basic and translational research on cardiovascular pathologies associated with viral pathogen infection (including SARS-CoV2 and other respiratory viruses), inflammation, cytokine storm, etc.
  • Any physical therapies, exercise programs, and alternative medical modalities that can mitigate the symptoms, pathological process and clinical outcomes of COVID-19.
  • Contemporary issues related to sport and cardiovascular health in the age of COVID-19.

Submission deadline:

  • 1 February 2024

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All articles should be submitted online via the submission system; please contact the Guest Editors with specific inquiries on this special issue. Manuscripts will benefit from rapid peer review and authors whose manuscripts are accepted will receive a full waiver of the open-access article publishing charge (APC).

Guest Editors:

Dr. John Quindry

University of Montana, USA.

Email: john.quindry@mso.umt.edu


Dr. Lei Xi

Virginia Commonwealth University, USA.

Email: lei.xi@vcuhealth.org

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