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A case report of COVID-19 monitoring in the Austrian professional football league.
van der Zee-Neuen, A; Schaffler-Schaden, D; Herfert, J; O Brien, J; Johansson, T; Kutschar, P; Seymer, A; Ludwig, S; Stöggl, T; Keeley, D; Resch, H; Osterbrink, J; Flamm, M;
Sci Rep. 2021; 11(1): 24416
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Flamm Maria
Johansson Tim
Kutschar Patrick
Osterbrink Jürgen
Resch Herbert
Schaffler-Schaden Dagmar
van der Zee-Neuen Antje


Since the beginning of the COVID -19 pandemic, many contact sport teams are facing major challenges to safely continue training and competition. We present the design and implementation of a structured monitoring concept for the Austrian national football league. 146 professional players from five clubs of the professional Austrian football league were monitored for a period of 12 weeks. Subjective health parameters, PCR- test results and data obtained from a geo-tracking app were collected. Simulations modelling the consequences of a COVID-19 case with increasing reproduction number were computed. No COVID -19 infection occurred during the observation period in the players. Infections in the nearer surroundings lead to increased perceived risk of infection. Geo tracking was particularly hindered due to technical problems and reluctance of users. Simulation models suggested a hypothetical shut-down of all training and competition activities. A structured monitoring concept can help to continue contact sports safely in times of a pandemic. Cooperation of all involved is essential. Trial registration: ID: DRKS00022166 15/6/2020 https://www.who.int/ictrp/search/en/ .