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Feature Story

June 2020


NFHS Offers Guidance on Restarting High School Athletics, Activities

As states and localities across the country begin to reopen to varying degrees, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released guidance for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in reopening high school athletics and other activity programs across the nation. The guidance document was developed by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, comprised of medical doctors, certified athletic trainers, high school coaches and officials, research specialists and state high school association executives.

Michael Koester, M.D., chair of the committee that created the document, stressed that the guidance is intended as ideas for state associations to consider with their respective sports medicine committees and state health departments as they design return-to-activity plans that will be in accordance with state or local restrictions.

"It is important to be clear that this is guidance for individual states to consider as they return to athletics this fall," said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. "States will utilize the guidance in this document as best fits their state after consulting with local and state health departments."

Similar to the manner in which different parts of the country have reopened ahead of others, the guidance document was developed with the realization that there likely will be variation in what sports and activities are allowed from one part of the country to another. Along those same lines, the guidance describes a staged approach to reopening high school sports and other activities, similar to the phases of "opening up" outlined by the White House. The committee suggests that state high school associations consult with their state and local health departments for determining the appropriate dates for implementing a phased-in approach with their respective states.

The guidance developed for state associations suggests a possible sport breakdown for higher risk, moderate risk and lower risk, with the basis for the breakdown tied to the potential exposure to respiratory droplets. As an example, the interaction of participants in higher-risk sports such as football and wrestling present more of a concern for transmission of the virus than lower-risk sports like individual running events and golf.

"The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee utilized recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as some return-to-play considerations by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, in formulating this guidance document for reopening athletics and other activities in our nation's schools."

The NFHS guidance document also addresses a possible progression for returning to activities, hygiene practices, transportation to and from events, social-distancing suggestions during contests and a tiered approach to who should be allowed to attend events.

Learn more at www.nfhs.org.


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