MEDICINE: Sports Safety and Returning to Exercise After COVID Infection | Alex McDonald, MD

Recorded September 21st, 2020. Our guest today is Dr. Alex McDonald who is a Family physician and Sports Medicine specialist in the fields of physical activity, advocacy, health equity and policy. Dr. McDonald holds an undergraduate from Connecticut College as well as his medical Degree of the University of Vermont Larnar College of Medicine. He completed his medical internship at Duke University, Family Medicine residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Southern California Kaiser Permanente Fontana, CA. Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)!  Dr. McDonald currently is a member of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Fontana, CA where he is involved with family medicine resident and sports fellow graduate medical education as well Clinical professor at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. He serves on the board of the California Academy of Family Physician as well as the Public Information Committee for the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. McDonald is also a member of the American Association of Sports Medicine and serves on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Membership Services as well as Congress of Delegates.   He serves as the team physician for the California State University San Bernardino and Upland High School.   Links for this episode Twitter: @AlexMMTri Submit Your Questions for the Podcast Send an email to or check out What Can You Do? You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed.  The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.  Producers: Christopher Breitigan. Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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