Including considerations for sports medical servicing

As described in the ‘AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment’

LEVEL A

  • Sporting activity should be solo or in pairs with at least 1.5m always be maintained between participants
  • No physical contact
  • No sharing of strength, sport-specific or exercise training equipment or communal facilities
  • Online coaching and resources (e.g. videos, play books)
  • Do not share drink bottles or towels.
  • Do not attend training if unwell (contact doctor).
  • Hand hygiene regularly during training (hand sanitisers) plus strictly pre and post training.
  • No spitting and clearing of nasal/respiratory secretions on ovals or other sport settings
  • No spectators unless required (e.g. parent or carer), limit to one per child if possible

Sports Medical Servicing

  • All consultations undertaken via telehealth unless face to face is considered urgent
  • Avoid all routine and non-essential manual therapy
  • Five Moments for Hand Hygiene must be used to minimise the risk of transmission between health professionals and patients.
  • Hygiene practises to include no bed linen except single use towels, cleaning treatment beds and key surfaces after each athlete.
  • Minimum contact of non-essential surfaces to occur and hands on treatment should be kept to essential only.

LEVEL B

  • Sporting activity can be conducted in small groups (not more than 10 athletes and/or other personnel in total) with adequate spacing (not more than 1 person per 4m2) *includes education
  • Some sharing of sporting equipment permitted such as kicking a football, hitting a tennis ball, use of a skipping rope, weights, mats.
  • Continue to avoid physical contact
  • Non-contact skills training permitted. Accidental contact may occur but no deliberate body contact drills. No wrestling, holding, tackling or binding.
  • Commercial gyms, bootcamps, yoga, Pilates, dance classes (not partnered), cycling ‘spin’ classes permitted if other measures are met.
  • Communal facilities can be used after a sport-specific structured risk assessment and mitigation process is undertaken.
  • Minimise use of communal facilities (e.g. gym, court) with limited numbers (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).
  • Have cleaning protocols in place for equipment and facilities. Disinfect high touch surfaces.
  • ‘Get in, train and get out’ — be prepared for training prior to arrival at venue (minimise need to use/gather in change rooms, bathrooms)
  • Hand hygiene (hand sanitisers) on entry and exit to venues, as well as pre, post and during training.
  • Thorough full body shower with soap before and after training (preferably at home).
  • Where possible maintain distance of at least 1.5m while training.
  • No socialising or group meals.
  • Separate spectators from athletes and maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m.

Sports Medical Servicing

  • History taking and full consultations should be conducted via telehealth if practical.
  • Face to face consults should be conducted from at least 1.5m apart when possible, and hands on treatment should be for essential conditions only.
  • A single source therapist is recommended.
  • During any essential manual therapy, it is recommended that the athlete and practitioner wear a face mask.
  • All non-essential athletes and other personnel should avoid the treatment area and the number of people in treatment areas should be kept to a minimum, following social distancing guidelines.

LEVEL C

  • Full sporting activity can be conducted in groups of any size
  • Full contact permitted across competition, tournaments and matches including wrestling, holding, tackling and/or binding (e.g. rugby scrums)
  • For larger team sports, consider maintaining some small group separation at training
  • Return to full use of sporting facilities 9may be impacted by commercial restrictions)
  • Continue hygiene and cleaning measures as per Level B.
  • If massage beds being used, hygiene practises to include no bed linen except single use towels, cleaning treatment beds and key surfaces after each athlete and hand hygiene.
  • Minimum contact of non-essential surfaces to occur and hands on treatment should be kept to essential only.
  • Multi Event rooms remain a risk and time spent here should be minimised with adequate space/separation.
  • Non-essential personnel should be discouraged from entering change rooms.
  • Limit unnecessary social gatherings

Sports Medical Servicing

  • Full manual therapy services can be conducted.
  • Non-essential athletes and other personnel should continue to avoid treatment areas.
  • Enhanced hygiene measures and social distancing should be maintained.


Para-Athletes Sports 

  • Para-athletes require individualised consideration and assessment through all Levels (A, B, C) of a return to sport.
  • Some para-athletes will have medical conditions that will require detailed planning and consultation with their regular treating medical team prior to a return to formal training/competition, or progression through Levels A, B, C.
  • Specific para-athlete equipment (e.g. wheelchairs, prostheses) will require regular cleaning (for all levels).
  • For sport specific guidelines for Levels A, B, C, refer to the relevant sport heading in the ‘AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment’ document