It seems like it has been forever since we last saw our favorite athletes hit their respective fields of play, but that could be changing soon.
The Pac-12 announced on Tuesday that the conference would allow athletes to participate in voluntary, in-person workouts on campus starting on June 15th.
It's the first step in getting sports back up and running throughout the conference
ANNOUNCED: The Pac-12 will allow for voluntary in-person athletic workouts for all sports to commence on June 15, subject to the decision of each campus & where permissible by relevant governmental entities.— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) May 26, 2020
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“The Pac-12 is committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the decision to allow for voluntary workouts, subject to a determination by each school, is guided by the advice of our medical experts and will be supported by the detailed protocols established by our medical advisory committee in concert with our campus’ own safety guidelines,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott in a press release. “As states have either already opened or begin to open up access to parks, gyms and other training facilities, student-athletes should have the option at this time to be in, what for many, will be a much safer environment on campus, where they can have access to the best available health, well-being and training support.”
In allowing for the return to workouts, the Pac-12 laid out recommendations on how to welcome athletes back and get the ball rolling.
In order to return to the athletic facility, athletes will have to:
- Complete a pre-participation evaluation
- Must be fever and symptom-free.
- Have laboratory testing
- Staff and Athletes will have proper health education and setting of expectations, including hygiene
- Must wear face covering at all times.
Athletes and staff will also have to have tier temperature checked prior to entering team facilities.
Here is a summary of the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee’s detailed recommended protocols that have been shared with Pac-12 universities: pic.twitter.com/OkV9cyywPH— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) May 26, 2020
According to the press release, "Each university will develop its own health and safety plan consistent with the committee’s recommendations along with relevant state and local public health guidance."
The number one priority is keeping athletes safe and healthy, and with the guidelines put in place the conference feels it can do so.
At this point it may just be small workouts, but as the old saying goes, "You have to walk before you can run."
This is just the first small step toward the return of live sports.
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