National federation discards COVID risk categories for high school sports

National federation discards COVID risk categories for high school sports

...On Tuesday, the NFHS said in a press release that its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee now believes community infection rates are a much better predictor of risk and that “proven cases of direct COVID-19 transmission during athletics remain relatively rare.”

The MPA’s School Sports Guidance and Maine’s Community Sports Guidelines use the high-, medium- and low-risk categories as determining factors for the type of activity allowed. Currently, the high-risk sports of football and wrestling are only allowed to hold team-based practice with physically distanced group activities.

“We had a sports medicine committee meeting this morning and we approve of that statement but there are no plans to rewrite the guidelines we put out in Maine,” said Dr. William Heinz, the chair of the Maine Principals’ Association’s Sports Medicine Committee.