The Big Ten Conference voted unanimously to begin their fall football season after adopting “significant medical protocols” to ensure the safety of players and coaches on and off the field.
Using methods such as “daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition,” the conference set their sights on a return beginning on the weekend of October 23-24. A Chief Infection Officer (CInO) will be named at every school and will monitor “team test positivity rate and population positivity rate” to determine whether a team will continue to practice and play or enter a quarantine period.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said the conference task force has worked for six weeks to ensure the health and safety of student athletes. “Our goal has always been to return to competition so all student-athletes can realize their dream of competing in the sports they love,” he said.
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