Virginia Tech football will begin holding voluntary workouts for players this week according to an announcement by the athletics department.
“Our foremost priority continues to be the health and welfare of our student-athletes and staff, as well as the Virginia Tech and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Mark Rogers, Chief Medical Officer for Virginia Tech Athletics. “We will continue to evaluate our protocols to ensure these workouts are conducted in strict adherence with current health and safety guidelines.”
Student-athletes who wish to participate will undergo screening protocols before being allowed to work out, and they will be monitored on a daily basis.
Workouts will be held in small groups and will be run by strength and conditioning coach Ben Hilgart and his staff. The locker room and common areas will remain closed, but the Beamer-Lawson Practice Facility (the Indoor Facility) as well as the outdoor practice fields are open. Virginia Tech’s weight room will temporarily be transferred to the Beamer-Lawson Practice Facility.
The return of student-athletes to training marks one of the first steps in Virginia Tech’s commitment to holding on-campus classes during the fall semester.
“As our leadership team continues to plan for how our student-athletes will return to competition this fall, we recognize the need for them to have the support and facilities offered by the university,” President Tim Sands said. “We are pleased to see our football players return in small cohorts and following the required public health guidelines. I have confidence that our Athletic Director Whit Babcock and his team will create the right training opportunity and welcome our student athletes with their safety and the entire community’s well-being as a top priority.”
All participating athletes and staff members will wear recommended personal protective equipment during workouts.
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