The Washington Post: The NFL’s pandemic response was a striking success — and a genuine public service

Feb 11, 2021

By Sally Jenkins Tell your glad-handing state and municipal leaders, with their finger-in-the-breeze priorities and vaccine websites that freeze, to take a crash course in organizational competence from the NFL. The league’s 269-game season sprawled across 30 major metropolitan areas, and it nevertheless wound up with a coronavirus positivity rate of just 0.08 percent, against […]

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Implementation and Evolution of Mitigation Measures, Testing, and Contact Tracing in the National Football League, August 9–November 21, 2020

Jan 26, 2021

Summary What is already known about this topic? COVID-19 contact tracing is important to prevent transmission, but risk characterization is difficult. What is added by this report? The National Football League observed SARS-CoV-2 transmission after <15 minutes of cumulative interaction, leading to a revised definition of a high-risk contact that evaluated mask use and ventilation […]

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British Journal of Sports Medicine: Return to sport for North American professional sport leagues in the context of COVID-19

Sep 24, 2020

ABSTRACT COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. A range of clinical scenarios exist, from an asymptomatic disease course to SARS and death. This document describes important considerations for 5 North American professional sports leagues (Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Football League and National Hockey […]

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NBC News: Exclusive Look At One NFL Team’s COVID Preparations

Sep 14, 2020

“NBC News’ Kevin Tibbles went behind the scenes with the Cleveland Browns to see their COVID-19 safety measures. Ultraviolet lights and fitted helmets with plastic shields are just part of the new reality. Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said ‘over the first five weeks of our team activities, we’ve done over a […]

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NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 Educational Materials

Jul 27, 2020

In preparation for the 2020 season, the NFL and NFLPA are implementing comprehensive COVID-19 protocols. The NFL is working closely with infectious disease experts, the CDC, public health officials and medical experts from other leagues. We created with the NFLPA a COVID Medical Advisory Task Force made up of a variety of medical experts and […]

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