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SEC expands COVID-19 requirements, testing for fall sports

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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3 Comments for SEC expands COVID-19 requirements, testing for fall sports

  1. CJKAssassin123
    1:06 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

    The SEC will likely eventually move the season to the spring and will likely be the last conference to do so. Football won’t be played in the fall period. Trust me the Governor is going to push the UK athletic department, and Eli Capelouto to cancel the fall season and look into a spring season even if it’s all non conference. Even if the SEC does play in the fall I doubt that UK will end up playing in the fall after the Governor gets involved! Don’t expect UK sports until next year!!!

    • satcheluk
      1:49 pm August 21, 2020 Permalink

      I suspect they could justify playing without fans. If all players coaches and staff are tested at the stadium before the game and inside a quarantine area, then playing without fans would limit the risk because everyone has tested negative inside the temporary bubble.

    • T-Town Cat
      12:39 am August 22, 2020 Permalink

      Agree. I fear we are one of the three SEC schools – Missouri and Vandy being the others – who could miss out due to politics.