Michigan athletics welcomes back some football, basketball players for voluntary workouts

Michigan athletics welcomes back some football, basketball players for voluntary workouts
Posted at 10:45 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 09:00:50-04

The University of Michigan announced Monday that some student-athletes will be welcomed back to campus this week to participate in voluntary strength and conditioning workouts.

According to the university, only three sports are allowed back – football, men's basketball and women's basketball.

The athletes will return to campus in four phases, with each group progressing through a detailed process amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are pleased to start the process of welcoming student-athletes back to our campus through a medical and public health-informed protocol and plan," Athletic Director Warde said in a release. "We continue to take the utmost care to ensure that all student-athletes and staff return to a safe and healthy environment.

"Our protocols and plans have been developed by medical experts from across U-M's campus, who have collaborated with officials at the local, state and national levels. I appreciate the contributions and comprehensive efforts across so many groups and in coordination with the Big Ten Conference and peers across the NCAA."

The athletes will have to go through a 14-day pre-report risk assessment, a six-day re-socialization period and daily risk assessments.

Included in the re-socialization period are health and welfare assessments that include COVID-19 antibody testing, physicals, concussion testing, sleep surveys and more.

The student-athletes will have to undergo daily screenings before getting into facilities, as well as wear masks, social distance and make sure to wash their hands.

The university said the second phase of student-athletes returning to campus includes sports competing in the fall: men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, and volleyball.

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