SEC has task force studying how college sports might be done

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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WATE) — Will we have college football and other sports this fall? The Southeastern Conference is working on that issue.

The Southeastern Conference has a task force of medical professionals working on the return of athletics, including practicing and conditioning as well as competition, according to a news release from the league.

The SEC’s “Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force” began meeting by video conference in April and updates from these meetings are provided to SEC Presidents and Chancellors and Athletics Directors at regular intervals.

Any policy changes related to return to athletics activity will be approved by the Conference membership, the SEC said.

“As the Southeastern Conference Office continues to closely monitor and learn about COVID-19 and associated public health information, this task force of medical professionals has begun to provide the guidance necessary to make decisions related to the return to athletics activities for SEC student-athletes and to assist in our collaboration with colleague conferences in determining a safe return to athletics competition,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “The expertise of these medical professionals is playing an important role in our continuing focus on the health and well-being of SEC student-athletes.”

The task force is responsible for identifying recommended protocols and best practices.

The SEC has also suspended all in-person athletics activities, voluntary or required, including practices, individual and team workouts through at least May 31 (subject to adjustment based upon public health information), and has ceased operation of camps and coaches clinics through at least July 31.

Here are the members of the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force:

Dr. Jimmy Robinson, University of Alabama-Head Team Physician and Medical Director
Dr. Chris Arnold, University of Arkansas, Orthopedic Surgeon/Team Physician
Dr. Mike Goodlett, Auburn University, Chief Medical Officer/Team Physician
Dr. Jay Clugston, University of Florida, Team Physician
Ron Courson, University of Georgia, Senior Associate. Athletics Director/Sports Medicine
Jim Madaleno, University of Kentucky, Executive Associate Athletics Director/Sports Medicine and Performance
Dr. Catherine O’Neal, LSUHSC Assistant Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Dr. Marshall Crowther, University of Mississippi, Medical Director/Sports Medicine Physician
Dr. Cliff Story, Mississippi State University, Director of University Health Services
Dr. Stevan Whitt, University of Missouri, Associate Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Diseases; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Zoë Foster, University of South Carolina, Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Chris Klenck, University of Tennessee, Head Team Physician • Dr. Shawn Gibbs, Texas A&M University, Dean of School of Public Health
Dr. Warne Fitch, Vanderbilt University, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Professor of Orthopedics

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