The coronavirus threat and therefore the ultimate impact on society and the sports community remains unknown at this point. things are fluid with new information being released almost hourly regarding the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and what steps various sports organizations are taking to deal with things. The trends have swung from mitigation to cancellation and now back to mitigation again with the planned reopening of sports in many nations.
The benefit of Sports :
Participation in sport has known health benefits, including promoting fitness and mental wellness. Sports provide a social construct and interaction which is important during a time of uncertainty for our athletes. it’s widely known that physical activity, performed for the proper amount of your time and intensity can provide benefits to the system. Additionally, sports can provide a template for young athletes to find out concepts of teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and integrity.
With these recognized benefits, we propose and recommend the subsequent as schools, clubs, and individuals consider returning to sport.
Acknowledgment of Infection Risks :
As we mention the advantage of sport and social interaction, we also recognize there are ongoing infection risks and concerns regarding “COVID-19.” the choice to participate in sports and spectate at sporting events are going to be hooked into athletes, families, and sports clubs in concordance with the above-mentioned rules and regulations from authorities. Participants and spectators should understand that social interaction and congregation increase the danger of people becoming ill from infection with SARS-CoV-2and potentially spreading the virus to relations and therefore the community.
If you’ve got an underlying health condition, there could also be an increased risk of participating in sports. Please contact your regular doctor before restarting your sports.
Phased Return to Sports
First and foremost, all guidance, rules, and regulations regarding the return of sports must be followed as set forth by the national, state, or local governments and health departments. All involved making the choices for return to sports should be up so far on government guidance and CDC recommendations. All facilities, coaches, leagues, and tournament directors should monitor recommendations and directives set forth by national, state, and native levels.
Currently, only sports that will maintain physical distancing are allowed and state/local government orders and directives should be followed. This includes state and native recommendations for social gatherings and physical distancing.
As each city, county, and state slowly return to sports participation, we highly recommend athletes have a “phased approach” to decrease the risk of community spread and gradual increase in physical activity to decrease the risk of injury.
A thoughtful approach to exercise allows athletes to acclimatize to the temperature and therefore the intensity/duration of practices. This slow build-up of exercise can decrease injury risk and warmth illness.
Since practices and competitions are halted, many athletes are deconditioned, putting the athlete at much higher risk for injury if pushed too hard too fast. Overtraining, defined as prolonged or excessive repetitive activity/workouts in efforts to “catch up,” doesn’t allow the body to regulate and recover, which may cause decreased performance and/or increased risk injury.