Tamara Hew-Butler, associate professor of exercise and sports science and Phillip Levy, assistant vice president for translational science and clinical research, wrote an article for The Conversation

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The Conversation, 6/24

Why safely reopening high school sports is going to be a lot harder than opening college and pro ball

By Tamara Hew-Butler and Phillip D. Levy

Tamara Hew-Butler, associate professor of exercise and sports science, and Phillip D. Levy, assistant vice president for translational science and clinical research innovation, wrote an article for The Conversation about reopening school and club sports amidst the pandemic. “Along with the revival of professional sports comes the yearning for a return to amateur sports – high school, college and club. Governing officials are now offering guidance as to when and how to resume play. However, lost in the current conversation is how schools and club sports with limited resources can safely reopen. As an exercise scientist who studies athlete health and an emergency medicine physician who leads Michigan’s COVID-19 mobile testing unit, we wish to empower athletes, coaches and parents by sharing information related to the risks of returning to play without COVID-19 testing. This includes blood tests to see if athletes have already had COVID-19 plus nasal swabs to test for the active SARS-CoV-2 virus. Regular COVID-19 testing on all athletes may seem like overkill, but the current tally of 150 collegiate athletes, mostly football players, who have tested positive for COVID-19 grows longer by the day.”

https://theconversation.com/why-safely-reopening-high-school-sports-is-going-to-be-a-lot-harder-than-opening-college-and-pro-ball-140323