Working Out Safely During COVID-19
Many athletes are now able to return to gyms, to practices and to training facilities to get back into shape and prepare for summer and fall sports. Even if you are anxious to start reconditioning your body and getting ready for the season, you have to remember that COVID-19 is still spreading. You’ll need to take special precautions to keep yourself, your teammates and your family safe.
To help prevent the spread of infection, we recommend these tips:
Take Social Distancing Further
While 6 feet is recommended for most places for social distancing, you may want to go further apart in the gym. High effort activities like lifting can cause droplets to spray further than normal activities. Staying 12 feet apart may be safer to ensure droplets aren’t hitting your teammates.
The entire team should also up their social distancing efforts outside of practice. If you are all seeing each other, you should limit contacts with other people as much as possible. This means no nights out, no restaurants, no barber shop and other optional trips. This lowers the risk that someone on the team will bring the virus with them to practice.
Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize
Whenever possible, you should use your own equipment. However, most teams will need to share weight benches, bats, etc. When you are sharing equipment, sanitize the items very well as they switch between users. Your locker room, showers or other shared spaces should also be cleaned between practices.
All team members should also wash their hands frequently, before practice, during practice and after practice. As much as possible, avoid touching your face with your hands. If you need to wipe away sweat, use your forearm instead.
Break Up Practices
Coronavirus spreads best when people are in enclosed, small places together. If possible, have only parts of the team at practice at the same time to limit numbers. You can also rotate through different types of training. For instance, some members of the team are out running sprints while others are in the weight room. Be sure to clean inside spaces between rotations.
You can also try to practice outside as much as possible. Constant air movement outdoors helps prevent the spread of a virus. Remember that heat poses its own safety risks, so always ensure everyone has enough water and has been conditioned to work out in the heat.
At Bon Secours Sports Performance, we help dozens of teams across the Richmond area take their game to the next level. We can work with you to design a safe and effective workout. Contact us today to learn more about our team services.