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NCAA President says current data points in the wrong direction for fall sports

The NCAA has issued its next set of return-to-sport guidelines, and in the process, NCAA President Mark Emmert gave a pessimistic outlook on fall sports.

In the process of informing schools what they needed to do to protect student-athletes and prevent community spread of COVID-19 in the immediate future, Emmert said the current data is pointing in the wrong direction for those hoping to see fall sports.

“When we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel last spring’s championships it was because there was simply no way to conduct them safely,” said Emmert. “This document lays out the advice of health care professionals as to how to resume college sports if we can achieve an environment where COVID-19 rates are manageable. Today, sadly, the data point in the wrong direction. If there is to be college sports in the fall, we need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.”

In terms of immediate recommendations, the NCAA Sport Science Institute released the following guidelines:

  • 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.

“Any recommendation on a pathway toward a safe return to sport will depend on the national trajectory of COVID-19 spread,” said Brian Hainline, NCAA chief medical officer. “The idea of sport resocialization is predicated on a scenario of reduced or flattened infection rates.”

(NCAA)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for NCAA President says current data points in the wrong direction for fall sports



  1. jahanc2uky
    3:58 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Today, sadly, the data point in the wrong direction.

    Any word on where they are getting this “data?” Would be disappointing for the data to come out as incorrect after fall sports are cancelled. Kind of like the data that made up the models suggesting millions of people would die, before spring sports were cancelled.



    • ziplock
      5:58 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      I heard they are getting the data from a Russian doctor named Trofim Lysenko



  2. lizard king
    4:38 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    How many negative test are there as opposed to positive test

    Who is making all this feats, the Democratic Party



  3. lexslamman
    5:07 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Protecting and testing athletes is taking away resources that could be used to stop the pandemic faster. If it’s such a problem, jus cancel the seasons.



  4. Lip Man 1
    5:12 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Lex: Excellent point. They should be cancelled as well as the pro leagues until January at the earliest.



  5. UKinIN
    7:51 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    If we have to wait for the eradication of the virus sports are dead. This problem can’t be solved based on numbers for the general public. If you want sports, you deal only with the athletes and the various staff.