Wolf Administration Provides Guidance to Resume High School and Other Summer Sports

first_img Press Release,  Public Health The Wolf Administration today issued preliminary guidance for high school and recreational sports teams to resume voluntary workouts and other in-person activities in the state’s yellow and green phases. The guidance includes college and professional sports.“Pennsylvania has some of the best athletes and teams in the country and they can now begin to safely return to organized sports,” said Gov. Wolf. This guidance balances keeping student athletes safe from COVID-19 while allowing them to participate in an important part of their lives.“This is another step toward reopening our state and getting things back on track. As students and teammates get ready to train and compete, it’s important that they follow precautions to protect each other and their community from the risk of COVID-19.”The preliminary guidance is a starting point for summer sports teams and the Wolf Administration will continue to work with stakeholders. The guidance for fall, winter and spring sports seasons may be updated.Public and private K-12 schools under the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PISAA) in the yellow and green phase can resume voluntary sports-related workouts. Schools must first develop an athletic health and safety plan in alignment with the Department of Education’s Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Schools guidance, that is approved by the local board of directors and posted on the school’s website.Recreational and amateur sports teams in the green phase that are not affiliated with a K-12 school can hold in-person activities, including games and practices. Examples include basketball, hockey, field hockey, football, soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, lacrosse, gymnastics and kickball. Youth sports organizations should follow CDC guidelines.Gatherings of all participants, including players, athletic staff, officials and spectators are limited to 25 in the yellow phase and 250, or 50 percent capacity, in the green phase, as outlined in the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.League and team staff must review CDC guidance for youth sports. Coaches and other adult personnel should wear face coverings and screen athletes for symptoms before practices and games. All participants must follow safe hygiene and social distancing practices, avoid unnecessary physical contact, and clean and disinfect equipment and facilities. Teams are encouraged to stagger drop-off and pick-up times at outdoor locations and designate entrances and exits to facilities.Parents and other spectators should practice social distancing, wear face coverings and not enter the field or bench areas. Parents should monitor children for COVID-19 symptoms and evaluate children at higher risk for severe illnesses.College sports sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), including intramural and club sports, can resume in-person activity after developing an athletic health and safety plan in alignment with PDE’s Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs guidance.Professional sports can resume immediately. Teams or leagues in the yellow phase, or if more than 250 people are on site in the green phase, must have a COVID-19 safety plan approved by the Department of Health.The guidance released today provides additional information.The Wolf Administration also updated guidance on outdoor recreation today and previously released summer guidance for camps, pools, and child care.All counties are in the yellow or green phase.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 10, 2020center_img Wolf Administration Provides Guidance to Resume High School and Other Summer Sportslast_img read more

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Congolese player in intensive care after head injury

first_imgCongolese striker Rudy Guelord Bhebey Ndey is in intensive care after falling on his head during a match.The 25-year-old AC Leopards captain was hurt in the 17th minute of his side’s Confederation Cup Group B match against Egypt’s Zamalek on Saturday.He was taken to the Air Force Specialized Hospital in Cairo and arrived “in a very bad condition”.On Tuesday, Dr Salah Abdelkhaleq said the player was doing better but it was too early to say if he will play again.”He had serious damage to his spinal column between the fifth and sixth vertebrae, a blow to the spinal cord, breathing difficulties and brain bleeding, but the surgery was successful,” the doctor said.”The latest is that respiration is now stable after instability respiration on Monday. Chest muscles have been affected because of bruises in the cervical spinal cord. “His blood pressure has stabilised, and the player is conscious and recognises people around him.”As the main problem is the bruise in the spinal cord, we can judge the case after he get days of rest and medical follow-up.”Ndey was visited on Monday by the Confederation of African Football’s medical manager Boubakary Sidik, who said: “Ndey is receiving the necessary medical care for such a situation in excellent conditions.”The (hospital) personnel have been very supportive and professional in their approach, giving him all the attention and care needed.”Both teams (Zamalek and AC Leopards) are working hand-in-hand to get him back to his best.” Ndey suffered the injury when he fell awkwardly while trying to avoid a collision with Zamalek goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy.An official from Zamalek, who won the match 2-0 in Cairo, said his club would pay the medical expenses.In a show of support, Zamalek captain Hazem Emam and some of his team-mates visited Ndey at the hospital.Ndey led Leopards to Confederation Cup glory in 2012, beating Djoliba of Mali 4-3 on aggregate in the final.He was also named in the Congo squad for their 2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa.–last_img read more

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