An Update for Return to Play in Athletes with COVID-19

Presented in Partnership with the Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) and Department of Sports Medicine

1 CEU Credit for Athletic Trainers


Jeffrey Lander, MD, FACC*
Dr. Lander, a board-certified cardiologist with expertise in sports cardiology and cardiac imaging, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. After completing both residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, Dr. Lander returned to New Jersey where he was born and raised. He holds multiple board certifications, including cardiovascular medicine, nuclear cardiology, adult comprehensive echocardiography, and cardiovascular computed tomography. He holds the certification of Registered Physician in vascular interpretation. He has authored the American College of Cardiology’s Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening for Adolescent and Young Adult Athletes module, published several articles, as well as presented multiple research papers on a national level. Dr. Lander frequently lectures, is actively involved in teaching and providing talks for the American Heart Association and is the President of the NJ Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Lander is the team cardiologist for Seton Hall University and consulting cardiologist for Rutgers Athletics. He is also Co-Director of Sports Cardiology for RWJBarnabas Health and Co-Medical Director of the Cardiac Care Unit for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center.

Anthony Altobelli, III, MD, FACC*
Dr. Altobelli, a board-certified cardiologist and internist, completed his medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He then completed an internal medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell, followed by a cardiovascular diseases fellowship with a concentration in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging at New York Hospital – Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Altobelli is Chief of the Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension Division of the Medical Service at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He serves Co-Director of Sports Cardiology for RWJBarnabas Health and is a cardiology consultant for Princeton University Athletics and Rutgers Athletics. Dr. Altobelli is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Jason Krystofiak, MD, CAQSM*
Dr. Krystofiak graduated from Rutgers University and attended Ross University School of Medicine where he graduated with honors. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Rutgers – RWJMS. During residency, he served as chief resident and received the Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. He is fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine at the same institution. Dr. Krystofiak is involved in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows. His professional interests include electrocardiogram screening in athletes, concussion, osteoarthritis, corticosteroid injections, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Krystofiak is Director of Sports Medicine at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Director of the RWJBarnabas Health Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, Rutgers Athletics Team Physician, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

*RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group provider


  • Understand introductory sports cardiology concepts as it relates to ensuring safe athletic performance.
  • Understand current JAMA Cardiology Guidelines as it relates to Emerging Perspectives on Coronavirus and the Athletic Heart.
  • Describe common cardiac concerns and imaging modalities as it relates to cardiac assessment for athletes that have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Athletic Trainers, Physicians, Residents, Physical Therapists, and other Healthcare Professionals

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Providers ID P323 Athletic Trainers' Society of NJ.