The University of Washington student-athletes returned to campus Monday. The UW athletic administration’s phased plan met University, King County Health Department, and Pac-12 guidelines paving the way for the athletes to return.
“We are so grateful for the support of University, King County and Pac-12 leadership as our team has worked tirelessly to put together this plan,” said Director of Athletics, Jennifer Cohen. “We have been advised by some of the top medical experts in the country and we will continue to evaluate our process as we work through this first phase. It’s critical for us to be able to provide these resources on campus, as COVID-19 is one of many things that impact the health and well-being of our students. We are eager to take this step to begin to welcome our students back to Montlake.”
In a town hall held last week for student-athletes and their families, members of the UW’s medical team presented the detailed plan. The following clip shows an in-depth look:
“We are very excited to get our student-athletes back on campus, preparing to compete and returning to pursue their dreams both in and out of competition,” said Dr. John O’Kane, UW Head Team Physician. “We recognize in the face of this global pandemic; we must proceed cautiously. With this in mind, we have instituted a return to training plan including COVID education, testing, enhanced physical assessment, regular symptom inventory, and an emphasis on social distancing whenever possible.”
The following chart for a phased return was created in consultation with each of the UW’s head coaches.
“We will reintroduce our training in phases, systematically increasing the numbers of student-athletes training together while continuing to monitor their health, as we work toward return of competition,” added O’Kane. “While our current situation is certainly challenging, the goal of our medical staff is the same as always; to provide an opportunity for our student-athletes to get a great education, compete in the sports they love, and to be the best versions of themselves, in as safe an environment as possible.”