CSU men’s basketball, volleyball athletes set for return to campus next week
Fort Collins Coloradoan
The next step in Colorado State University’s phased return to campus activity will include men’s basketball and women’s volleyball student athletes, CSU announced Wednesday in a news release.
The approximately 30 players across the two sports can return for physical examinations beginning Monday, June 29.
On Monday, July 6, the two sports will be eligible to resume voluntary strength and conditioning activities while women’s basketball and soccer players can begin their physical examinations.
By Monday, July 13, the aforementioned sports plus the Rams football team — back on campus since June 8 — will all be allowed to do official strength and conditioning work.
According to the CSU athletics department, these phased returns are following strict public health guidelines as outlined by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and state orders.
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Colorado State Athletics also said it is instituting a number of health, social distancing, and cleaning plans, which include:
This next phase comes as sports continue to ramp up amid a growing number of prominent, positive tests for COVID-19 among athletes.
Several college athletes have tested positive during their return to campus at major programs like LSU, Clemson, Texas, Alabama and more.
Schools like Kansas State and Boise State have temporarily suspended voluntary workouts following a series of positive coronavirus tests among student-athletes.
And in Colorado, professional athletes like Nuggets star Nikola Jokic and three Colorado Rockies, including All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, have tested positive for COVID-19 as the MLB and NBA aim to restart their seasons in July.
CSU athletics emphasized in the news release that staff and students will receive education about COVID-19 prevention, public health guidance and COVID-19 symptoms.
The release also says CSU’s Pandemic Team and the athletics department have a plan in place to identify and address any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among student athletes or staff, which includes steps aimed to quickly mitigate the spread of the virus and contact tracing.
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