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Return to Competition
Return to Competition
HSD - Jim Altenburg
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Return to Competition


A recent study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (McGuine et al., 2020) examined the impact of school closures and sport cancellations on the health of adolescent athletes in Wisconsin. In the adolescents studied, 65% reported anxiety symptoms in May of 2020, 25% of which were in the moderate and severe category. Additionally, 68% reported symptoms of depression, compared to a historical baseline of 31%. Further, the study found a 50% decrease in physical activity in the athletes. As an overall trend the study found that the school closures and sport cancellations had a statistically significant negative impact on the physical health, psychosocial health, and overall health of the adolescents in the study.

Athletes, participants, coaches, and officials who are in a vulnerable population should take extra precaution and visit with their physician about participation, particularly in sports/activities that do not allow for consistent social distancing





Daily Symptom Screening Checklist

Athletes and Coaches will be screened on practice and event days using the following questions:

  • chills or a fever of 100 or greater?
  • a new or worsening cough?
  • diarrhea?
  • nausea or vomiting?
  • a sore throat?
  • a new loss of taste or smell?
  • unexplained muscle or body aches?
  • a headache (not related to a known health condition i.e. migraines)? fatigue?
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
  • In the past 14 days, have you or your child had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
  • If YES is the response to ANY of the questions, YOU WILL BE SENT HOME FROM YOUR PRACTICE OR CONTEST. Please seek guidance from your medical provider. Contact the Activities Office at 605-743-9026 to inform them of you/your child’s symptoms. You may also contact the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) at 1-800-592-1861 with questions.

  • If NO is the response to ALL questions, participate in your activity.

Positive Cases & Confirmed Close Contact

ALL indications of positive cases and confirmed close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of time starting two days prior to symptom onset) must come through the South Dakota Department of Health.

Any Department of Health verified close contact (student/coach/official/judge/team personnel) must follow SDDOH guidelines. Currently, those guidelines require a 14-day quarantine from the date of contact away from school and daily screening of symptoms.

Any Department of Health verified positive case (student/coach/official/judge/team personnel) must follow SDDOH guidelines. Currently, those guidelines require the individual to self-isolate for 10 days from the first onset of symptoms and must be fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Any individual (student/coach/official/judge/team personnel) with a verified positive case must have a physician complete the SDHSAA COVID Return to Play form prior to returning to competition/coaching/officiating/judging/team membership. For students, if the physician indicates the need for the return to play protocol due to hospitalization, cardiopulmonary concerns, or otherwise, the school must verify that the return to play protocol is followed. Form on next page.

Schools must notify the SDHSAA of any verified close contact or positive cases of rostered individuals via the SDHSAA School Zone. No personally identifiable information will be contained in the notification to the SDHSAA. All information will be treated in compliance with HIPAA and FERPA from the member school and the SDHSAA. Dr. Swartos from the SDHSAA will be part of the SDDOE/SDDOH School Response Team. 

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