NCAA announces COVID testing and return-to-sport guidelines
The NCAA has officially announced its plan of action to bringing college sports back to the field.
The key aspects of the plan devised by the NCAA Sport Science Institute include:
- Daily self-health checks.
- The appropriate use of face coverings and social distancing during training, competition and outside of athletics.
- Testing strategies for all athletics activities, including pre-season, regular season and post-season.
- Testing and results within 72 hours of competition in high contact risk sports.
As previously outlined by Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, football players will have to be tested 72 hours before games. Any player that tests positive will be required to self-isolate for 10 days and cannot return to action until all symptoms are gone for three days.
Anyone in “high risk” contact with someone that tests positive will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
“High risk” contact is described as being within six feet of someone for 15 minutes or more without wearing a mask.
The NCAA’s full plan of action can be found here.
Although testing and contact tracing infrastructure have expanded considerably, the variations in approach to reopening America for business and recreation have correlated with a considerable spike in cases in recent weeks. pic.twitter.com/TN1aE3lQ5L
— NCAA (@NCAA) July 16, 2020