The president of the Pac-12 conference, Larry Scott, told 247Sports.com that the Pac-12 conference plans to test each player weekly for Covid-19 starting this month. The conference is allowing athletes to participate in voluntary workouts that are scheduled to begin June 15th.
Scott announced that the student-athletes will not only receive testing to see if they have Covid-19 but will also receive Antibody testing. The weekly test for the conference is to create uniformity and to help prevent any future illnesses causing a delay or cancellation of the season.
Scott also said that one of the reasons for testing is to find out if any of the athletes had the virus previously. Those that may have contracted the virus could face future health problems involving the respiratory system. The goal is to not only stop the spread of the virus but to keep student-athletes safe.
The Pac-12 is the first power-5 conference to announce such plans. Multiple schools outside of the conference have announced that they will only test student-athletes if they are showing symptoms or have traveled from one of the cities that are deemed a hot-spot from the CDC.
While voluntary workouts are allowed to begin on June 15th, schools in Washington and California have yet to receive approval at the state level to open up. Both states have talked about allowing pro-sports to open back up later this month which could mean an open door for the six schools in the conference in the two states.
The conference has yet to decide on what will happen during the season as well as the protocols for game-day. Those talks are underway but we can expect to see testing of some sort continue throughout the season.
The Pac-12 will introduce strict guidelines all of its member institutions must follow before allowing student-athletes to participate in voluntary workouts this month.
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