Football Student-Athletes Can Begin Voluntary Individual Workouts June 15
Maryland Athletics will begin the gradual reopening of certain activities Monday with the voluntary return of football players and some staff for pre-participation medical screenings.
As the state of Maryland and Prince George's County continue to gradually reopen certain activities, Maryland Athletics will begin its own Phase 1, focused on maintaining the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes and staff.
These activities are restricted to the resumption of individual, voluntary workouts by football student-athletes only, supervised by a select number of sports medicine staff. Football student-athletes are permitted to return to campus on Monday for pre-participation medical screenings. Voluntary, individual workouts may begin June 15.
"Our gradual, phased approach prioritizes the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff," said Damon Evans, director of athletics. "We remain optimistic about the return of fall sports, and this plan will serve as our cautious and considered roadmap to the resumption of athletic competition."
"We have developed a holistic approach to the health and safety of student-athletes for the Maryland Athletics program," said Dr. Yvette Rooks, head team physician and assistant director of the University Health Center. "This approach includes diagnostic screening for COVID-19, which will include antibody screening, daily symptom checks and educational training and reflects our absolute focus on the physical and mental well-being of the student-athletes."
Phase 1 includes significant new measures:
Maryland Athletics' gradual, phased approach has been developed in close cooperation with state and county guidelines, shaped by NCAA and Big Ten Conference protocols, and authored by university sports medicine staff. The plan is subject to change as health conditions and guidance from health officials continues to evolve.
Subsequent phases of more permissible activities, indoor training, larger groups and additional teams are being developed. There is no predetermined timetable for the advancement through phases as it will be determined by state, county and university health officials, and implemented only when it is deemed safe to do so.
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