EKU Student Athletes Return to Campus

EKU student-athletes began returning to campus this month for voluntary athletic activities. 

Eastern Kentucky University Director of Athletics, Matt Roan, announced on Monday, June 15 that student-athletes will return to campus for voluntary workouts.

EKU athletics will have to meet requirements and policies set at the federal, state, local, university and NCAA level. When student-athletes return to campus, they will be monitored daily and will be expected to follow health and safety protocols.

“EKU Athletics has worked closely with university administration, medical professionals, our sports medicine staff and our sports performance coaching staff to develop a detailed plan for safely bringing our student-athletes back to campus,” said Roan in a press release. “The ability to continue to progress is dependent on our ability to do things the right way. Our staff and administration are committed to the safety and welfare of our student-athletes. That is of supreme importance.”

NCAA regulations will only allow strength and conditioning coaches to monitor activities through the month of June. Organized practices are still prohibited by the NCAA in all sports.

Before arriving to campus, all personnel must do the following:

  • Complete the COVID-19 athletics questionnaire at least seven days to 24 hours prior to their return to the Richmond campus. If no concerns are identified, the EKU sports medicine staff will schedule pre-participation exams.

  • All staff and student athletes will be educated about COVID-19 upon returning.

According to the press release, testing is available for student-athletes. All student-athletes and personnel will be restricted from re-entry until they have passed a full clinical evaluation performed by an EKU team physician.

EKU athletics announced multiple procedures for student-athletes and coaches before each workout and activity: 

  • Fill out a daily questionnaire and have temperatures taken before each workout or activity for that day. 

  • Facilities will be required to have a daily sign in sheet, in case there is a confirmed COVID-19 case, proper tracking can take place to find out who may have come in contact with the individual.

  • Student-athletes and personnel will be provided with PPE and essentials needed to protect their health and others.

In order for proper sanitation and cleaning between uses of workout areas, there will only be 10 people-per-group and workouts will be scheduled.

Locker rooms are still closed; therefore, student-athletes are required to show up ready for workouts.

According to the press release, student-athletes will return to campus in phases.

Several men’s basketball and football players returned on June 8. Another group of players will return June 14-16. The women’s basketball team will return in July.

Plans for other sports are still being evaluated.

Cherish Simpson can be reached at cherish_simpson60@mymail.eku.edu

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