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June 15, 2020

Ohio State players required to sign COVID-19 waiver for workouts

       Ohio State football players who returned for workouts last week were required to sign an "acknowledgment of risk" waiver related to the COVID-19 pandemic before being allowed to participate, according to Joey Kaufman of The Columbus Dispatch.

In addition to outlining the health risks involved with workouts, the two-page document obtained by Kaufman also contains a "Buckeye Pledge," which calls for players to take responsibility for their health and help stop the coronavirus' spread.

The waiver also included the following disclaimer: "Although the university is following the coronavirus guidelines issued by the CDC and other experts to reduce the spread of infection, I can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections."

Ohio State isn't the only Big Ten school to ask student-athletes to sign such a pledge. Indiana also required players to make a commitment to report any coronavirus symptoms or exposure.

However, unlike other major programs such as Alabama and Clemson, the Buckeyes have decided not to release their COVID-19 testing data.

"The university is not sharing cumulative information publicly as it could inadvertently identify specific individuals," a school spokesman told Brendan Gulik of BuckeyesNow.

Several NCAA schools have already publicly disclosed that some athletes have tested positive: Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas State, Boise State, Clemson, Florida State, Iowa, Iowa State, Marshall, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech and UCF have all had positive tests.



Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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Attributes: AASNSports; TheColumbusDispatch

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