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Julie
I have read and re read the different e books when I need inspiration to do my work out. By the time I am 2 paragraphs in (to Female Fat Loss Over 40), I am ready to get my work out clothes on and go for it. I really enjoy the challenging work outs and the audio book with the different timing intervals makes it easy!! I am really enjoying your program, particularly these 2 months which are especially busy for me. I can’t always make it to Boot camp but I feel so much better when I exercise. It’s great to have the option of doing a challenging workout at home. I am looking forward to taking your program on my next vacation. Thanks!!

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Sports during a Pandemic

What are the risks and how can they be avoided?

COVID-19 has opened our eyes to many things. For some people, the pandemic has shown just how much they value sports. Ingrained in practically every culture, sports teach valuable life lessons, improve health, and are fun to watch and play.

As the pandemic began to spread and schools closed in the spring, sports came to a swift halt. Now that schools have started to reopen slowly, athletic directors at all levels have big decisions to make. Can the sport continue while keeping the players, coaches, and spectators safe from the virus? What safety measures need to be implemented to avoid spreading COVID-19? Is it worth the risk?

While seasons start and end based on the insight of athletic and academic officials, parents must evaluate the risks and benefits of sports for their children. Do the mental health risks of quitting a sport outweigh the potential physical health risks of playing a team sport? There are a lot of questions and not many definitive answers these days, but here are a few ways athletic programs are keeping their teams safe this year.

Safety Assessment

Various factors influence the risk of the virus spreading during youth sports. The risks increase when athletes are in close proximity to each other for long periods of time and are required to share equipment. Close contact sports like basketball or wrestling are therefore riskier than sports like baseball or tennis. While all athletes are at risk, younger kids are less likely to follow social distancing rules so have a higher risk of exposure.

Just as the general population, players with underlying health conditions like diabetes or asthma are at a greater risk for contracting the virus, and the larger the team, the higher the chance a player is exposed to the virus. And that risk increases when playing teams from out of town, where the number of cases is higher.

Safety Rules

To limit the spread of the virus, athletic programs should have rules in place for all participating families to follow. The most obvious is that players and coaches must stay home if they are sick with any COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive, or have had contact with someone who has.

Other rules include the following:

• The team must practice social distancing of at least six feet when possible. This should take place during stretches, warmups, and drills.
• All coaches, officials, parents, and spectators should wear masks, especially when social distancing isn’t possible.
• Everyone should wash hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer made with at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Players should not spit during practice or games, and anyone who sneezes or coughs should do so into a tissue or inside of the elbow.

A Safe Environment

Individuals aren’t the only ones who limit the spread of COVID. Youth sports programs can help limit the spread of COVID with safety measures as well. Since the virus can be spread by touching a contaminated surface, it’s important to frequently clean and disinfect all touched surfaces. This includes water fountains, balls, and mats. Steps should also be taken to prevent players from sharing water bottles, towels, bats, or protective gear.

It’s also helpful to maintain maximum ventilation. When indoors, keep windows and doors open and fans running. Whenever possible, practice outside for even greater protection.

A Safety Plan

To limit the chances of exposure, coaches ought to break up their teams into smaller groups for practices, drills, and warmups with a specific coach. Once these groups are established, players should stick with their small group and coach throughout the season.

In environments where multiple teams use the same facilities, coaches should allow extra time between practices and games to give one group of athletes time to leave before the next group arrives.


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