Ohio State football is back to workouts. The Buckeyes announced on Tuesday that, after consulting with medical professionals, student-athletes could resume voluntary workouts. The athletic department initially suspended voluntary workouts on July 8 after receiving multiple positive COVID-19 tests.
After Bucknuts originally reported that the suspension of all voluntary workouts would last for approximately a week, all players who tested positive had to follow safety protocols and self-isolate for at least 14 days while receiving daily check-ups from the members of the medical staff.
Beginning this week, the NCAA permitted teams to move from the previous workouts to weight training, conditioning and film review for eight hours per day. From July 24-Aug. 6, walk-throughs and use of a football in workouts for up to 20 hours per week will be permitted before the beginning of fall camp.
Each of the student-athletes in the seven sports that began voluntary workouts in June — men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball — were tested Monday and received results on Tuesday. The student-athletes will now be tested for the coronavirus routinely and decisions on workouts will be made by the medical staff.
From the Ohio State press release:
Columbus, Ohio – Based on the advice of medical professionals and the results of testing on Monday of all student-athletes currently in training, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics announced today that they will resume voluntary training operations after a suspension announced last week.
All student athletes from the seven sports that returned last month to voluntary workouts were tested Monday, and the results were received today. The last round of testing was July 7 resulting in the suspension of training on July 8.
Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said the athletes will be tested routinely moving forward and training decisions will continue to be re-evaluated by medical staff to protect the health and safety of students. A strict set of protocols are in place requiring physical distancing, masks, hygiene and cleaning procedures.
“Our Buckeyes are excited to be headed into a new school year and were disappointed last week when we had to temporarily suspend training,” Smith said. “These young people come from across the nation and the world to be part of our Ohio State family, and we do everything we can to create a safe, healthy environment so that they have a chance to study and compete. Our medical team will continue to evaluate, and we will share decisions as we move forward.”
To protect the individual medical privacy of the student-athletes, the university will not release information about the test results.
Teams with student-athletes on campus taking part in training activities are men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.