BANGOR – The Maine Principals Association’s guidelines for COVID-19 during optional summer workouts will rely heavily on a school having a certified athletic trainer, according to one ATC.
The athletic trainer will be key for many safety measures required to restart summer conditioning, according to those who are actively working with Maine high schools.
Northern Light Sports Health program manager JP Stowe said Saturday the organization has created an online COVID-19 pre-screening tool for use by all schools, not just ones that contract Northern Light for training services. COVID-19 pre-screening is required for all athletes and coaches participating in summer conditioning, per MPA guidelines.
Stowe said that along with creating dynamic warm-ups and other exercises for the training programs, trainers will help enforce the rules, like keeping athletes in closed groups of 10 during each phase of training. “I think our roles at the school are pretty critical at this point if they are going to be active because it’s a lot of information to wade through and we can help them understand what those guidelines are and enforce what’s going on with the athletic directors,” said Stowe.
Phase one of training can begin on July 6, but Stowe said he expects many schools to wait to allow training until later in the summer. Those schools without the resources for a full time athletic trainer will be among those that are unlikely to restart training until August.