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What will the return of NCAA sports look like?

Recommendations from medical experts to ensure health and safety of all is the top priority

As the world continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is beginning to open in certain areas. Some areas are seeing increases in cases, while others are remaining steady, leading to this central question: How and when do NCAA sports return?

For each member institution, that return will come at a different time and will certainly take a different form. The NCAA’s COVID-19 Advisory Panel of leading medical, public health and epidemiology experts led by NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline has put together nine core principles to help guide institutions as they answer these challenging questions. The document, “Resocialization in Sport,” takes into consideration federal recommendations, relying on experts, data and science, and puts the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes and the needs of the membership first.

“It is also important to take into consideration that there will not be a quick, single day of re-emergence into society,” Hainline said. “We will re-emerge in a manner that recognizes COVID-19 will be around until there is an effective vaccine, treatment or both. That is why resocialization should be rolled out in a phased way that helps assure sustained low infection spread, as well as aids in the ability to quickly diagnose and isolate new cases.”

For more information on the NCAA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit ncaa.org/covid-19.