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What NCAA members need to know about COVID-19

Member schools have the primary responsibility for ensuring that actionable plans are in place to guide the local response to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 among school personnel or a related exposure to the virus at an on-campus event. Athletics personnel should reach out to campus health care leaders at their respective school to safeguard the well-being of student-athletes, employees and fans attending athletics events.

If campus staff members have reason to believe that someone associated with the athletics department shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should immediately notify the personnel on campus responsible for coordinating with local and state health officials, including public health departments.

When members are engaging with the campus health crisis leadership team about issues that may be specific to their athletics department, such as the proximity of student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other medical personnel to one another, here are topics to discuss:

  • Guidance to athletics departments to communicate the policy to athletics personnel, including student-athletes.
  • Confirmation of procedures athletics staff members should follow to notify campus leadership of a suspected case or exposure to COVID-19, so appropriate governmental notifications can take place as soon as possible.
  • Roster and contact information of individuals assigned to the school’s action or response team charged with responding to medical emergencies or local public health crises.
  • Contact information for local and/or state health departments so athletics staff members can access resource materials.
  • Implementation of a campus policy regarding the triage and clinical management of individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • NCAA guidance on medical disqualification as found in the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook (page 34).
  • Coordination of athletics events with campus leaders and local and/or state health departments if there is a suspected outbreak of COVID-19 in the community.

More Information

For more information on the coronavirus, visit the CDC’s coronavirus page. CDC guidance on clinical signs and symptoms and infection prevention and control recommendations are available here.

As with all information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that may impact the well-being of student-athletes, the NCAA Sport Science Institute encourages athletics departments to carefully review these materials with applicable institutional health care providers and other relevant campus personnel. They should implement any appropriate risk-mitigating initiatives.