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UNI Athletics announces plan for return to voluntary workouts

This news story was published on June 8, 2020.
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CEDAR FALLS – UNI Athletics will begin the process of bringing student-athletes back to campus for voluntary workouts via a staggered approach beginning on June 8. UNI Athletic Training Services and Sports Medicine is coordinating the return with team physicians pursuant to guidelines provided by the university, public health officials and the NCAA.

“We are committed to partnering with health experts and complying with public health officials,” said Director of Athletics David Harris. “Our goal is to minimize the risk among student-athletes while helping them prepare for the possible upcoming sports seasons. We plan to be proactive, diligent and collaborative in our approach. The health and well being of our student-athletes and staff is our top priority”

Football upperclassmen may access on-campus workout facilities beginning June 8. They will complete a series of pre-participation protocols before receiving clearance to utilize on-campus facilities on a voluntary basis. Athletic training staff will conduct daily monitoring of student-athletes, including temperature checks.

Soccer, cross country, volleyball, women’s and men’s basketball student-athletes, are scheduled to begin the resocialization process on June 15. All remaining sports are scheduled to begin resocialization on June 29th.

In accordance with NCAA guidelines, current workouts will be strictly voluntary and conducted in accordance with safety protocols developed by UNI Athletics in coordination with guidance from public health officials. Currently, these protocols include daily screening, mandated social distancing practices, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment requirements for students and staff; limitations on group sizes; reduced facility capacities; and routine cleaning of equipment and facilities.

UNI Athletics is committed to providing a safe environment for our students and staff. As such, our plan will be continuously evaluated and updated as new guidelines and recommendations are made available.

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