NFL, Medical Officer, Football discussed on This Weekend with Gordon Deal

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Off community to play the twenty twenty season the NFL's chief medical officer says he doesn't think living in a type of bubble is either practical or appropriate football is the country's most popular sport and it also faces the most complexities for return to action more from this weekend's Jennifer Katanga football players are some of the best athletes in the world they also could face outside risk as they return to the field amid this pandemic Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street journal has the story Rachel why would football players face a disproportionate risk well there's a number of reasons of course is the nature of the sport itself it's very high contact high touch on the rosters are big so any potential outbreak could spread that you know very quickly two hundred player doesn't have more coaches in some cases and also in Epik high school and part of the college and pro level in particular there's a high percentage of African American players about half of the players and major college football are African American and more than half the apple players and African Americans as we know are at higher risk of complications if they get quoted nineteen but they actually are impacted so there's a number sort of layering risks that make football particularly problematic during this pandemic retail what are some of the early guidelines that the NFL has put in place to protect players well certainly they want to make sure that hygiene is in place and you know follow all through the regular stuff but all of us are they are going to undergo daily Scripps screenings and have prepackaged meals instead of buffets which are common with a lot of teams so that you know those are some of the preliminary stuff but it's likely that they'll be a lot more involved as in approaches we're speaking with Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street journal about football maybe coming back Rachel on the NFL and collegiate level obviously these team spends an enormous amount of time together what about eating in locker rooms and weight rooms how does that all pose different kinds of problems yeah I I think you know generally speaking outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities scientists are saying so actually playing football outdoors might be slightly less risky especially if you're you know a receiver somebody's playing apart from other players than for instance being in a crowded meeting room and you know in in college football it's very common for the entire team to beat it out of Korea is sitting you know elbow to elbow and we're not going to be that this even if we do we're gonna see a lot more infections so you know colleges are gonna have to either hold meetings outside or hold meetings and larger auditorium so players can space out I mean they're just gonna have to make a lot of accommodations to try to minimize inspections as much as possible are there any protocols in place for shutting down the season shutting down certain players shutting down for a certain amount of time depending on positive tests well it's too early to tell friends with me a follow on it in college football you know there's an interesting dynamic and that the NCAA really is not it is not weighing in on sure policing how schools handle the corona virus particles and so I don't think you'll see from NCAA commands to shut down the few that possible really is ruled that the conference level and so you might see conference commissioners say Hey we're seeing too many infections but more likely this is going to be out of school by school basis what you know how genes behave what happened up there a lot of positive tests and and certainly opponents eventually got away and if if she can get to the scene then and for instance there are a lot of cases recently reported on an opposing team it's possible that that team you know it's going to face won't want to play it so there are all kinds of questions that the infection rate this weekend's Jennifer to sync it with Wall Street journal sports reporter Rachel Bachman thirty minutes.

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