This morning, the Southeastern Conference announced new COVID-19 management requirements for fall sports, specifically cardiac evaluations and a third weekly test prior to games.
The SEC’s initial medical response plan for players who test positive called for a cardiac evaluation for those returning to activity following isolation. Now, the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force has specified the cardiac evaluation would mandate a troponin level, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a medical evaluation by a physician. In addition, the SEC will require two PCR tests per week during weeks of competition and a third rapid diagnostic test closer to the competition itself for sports with a high risk of close contact.
“We remain vigilant in monitoring the trends and effects of COVID-19 as we learn more about the virus, and this cardiac evaluation enhances the effectiveness of the protocols already in place,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We are confident in our institutions’ ability to provide a healthy environment supported by rigorous testing and surveillance. Our student-athletes have indicated their desire to compete and it is our responsibility to make every effort to deliver a healthy and medically sound environment for providing that opportunity.”
In case you missed it this morning, Vanderbilt canceled today’s football practice after multiple members of the football program tested positive for COVID-19.