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SEC establishes medical task force to advise ahead of return to sports

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

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for SEC establishes medical task force to advise ahead of return to sports

  1. BowdenQB4ever
    4:32 pm May 14, 2020 Permalink

    Hate it, but there isn’t going to be a football season and I’m not holding my breath for basketball. At least we wont have to watch stoops give away another win to the Vols. I’m more interested in this Fall triple crown anyway, I think there’s a pretty good chance we see one of Secretariat’s records usurped.

  2. satcheluk
    8:48 am May 15, 2020 Permalink

    Probably would have been better to put medical officials independent of the schools. Hard to believe they want have huge pressure to say it’s ok to fill the stadiums as much as possible.

  3. DOCUK18
    8:55 am May 15, 2020 Permalink

    Stadiums should be full if fans want to go, if you are scared, stay home. Ridiculous