As the Southeastern Conference prepares for the return of college sports from the coronavirus pandemic, the SEC will receive receive assistance from the brightest minds the conference has to offer.
Thursday afternoon the SEC revealed it has created a task force comprised of medical professionals from each of its 14 member schools. The SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force began meeting via video conference in April. Their regular updates and advice are submitted to conference presidents and chancellors after each meeting.
The primary objective of the task force is to create guidelines, practices and protocols to ensure the safety of student-athletes once sports can resume play.
“As the Southeastern Conference Office continues to closely monitor and learn about COVID-19 and associated public health information, this task force of medical professionals has begun to provide the guidance necessary to make decisions related to the return to athletics activities for SEC student-athletes and to assist in our collaboration with colleague conferences in determining a safe return to athletics competition,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a press release. “The expertise of these medical professionals is playing an important role in our continuing focus on the health and well-being of SEC student-athletes.”
The University of Kentucky’s representative is Jim Madaleno, Kentucky’s executive associate athletics director and long-time leader of the school’s sports medicine and performance department. He is joined on the committee by the following medical professionals.
- Dr. Jimmy Robinson, University of Alabama-Head Team Physician and Medical Director
- Dr. Chris Arnold, University of Arkansas, Orthopedic Surgeon/Team Physician
- Dr. Mike Goodlett, Auburn University, Chief Medical Officer/Team Physician
- Dr. Jay Clugston, University of Florida, Team Physician
- Ron Courson, University of Georgia, Senior Associate. Athletics Director/Sports Medicine
- Dr. Catherine O’Neal, LSUHSC Assistant Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
- Dr. Marshall Crowther, University of Mississippi, Medical Director/Sports Medicine Physician
- Dr. Cliff Story, Mississippi State University, Director of University Health Services
- Dr. Stevan Whitt, University of Missouri, Associate Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Diseases; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Chief Clinical Officer
- Dr. Zoë Foster, University of South Carolina, Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
- Dr. Chris Klenck, University of Tennessee, Head Team Physician • Dr. Shawn Gibbs, Texas A&M University, Dean of School of Public Health
- Dr. Warne Fitch, Vanderbilt University, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Professor of Orthopedics