IU football pauses voluntary workouts due to COVID-19, men’s basketball workouts to continue

  • 07/17/2020 4:16 pm in

IU Athletics announced this afternoon that the football program has paused voluntary workouts after six participants tested positive for COVID-19.

The pausing of football workouts does not impact voluntary workouts for IU’s men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey programs.

Here’s the full release from IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has paused all voluntary workouts for members of its football program after six of its participants tested positive during COVID-19 testing this week.

Following the guidance of the IU Athletics Medical Advisory Group, IU Athletics began bringing groups of students back to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15. The Medical Advisory Group’s Restart Plan, which was released June 3, includes a series of pre-participation protocols before participants can be reintegrated. Following reintegration, subsequent requirements for voluntary workout participants include daily medical checks, abiding by CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, and, when deemed necessary by IU Athletics’ Chief Medical Officer, COVID-19 testing.

Per the recommendations of the IU Athletics Medical Advisory Group, each positive test results in isolation until further notice and contact tracing measures are established to detect individuals who are considered close contacts, and may have been exposed to the virus. These close contact individuals are also quarantined until further notice.

This pause does not impact individuals who have been cleared to participate in voluntary workouts from the IU’s men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey programs.

All summer athletic activities will continue to be voluntary in all sports currently permitted to engage in such activities. Furthermore, student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the summer and/or the 2020-21 academic year due to concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored and will remain in good standing with their team.

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