At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that many of our Macomb County patients are puzzled how to best move forward during this time as the pandemic continues and a new sports season approaches. Constantly changing rulings make it challenging, but if you are a coach, parent, or player, there are some tactics you can employ to make safer play possible. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help minimize risk as your team attempts to get back in the game.
DO: have clear guidelines about reporting symptoms, sanitizing procedures, social distancing, etc. and reinforce them by prominently displaying signs showing appropriate behaviors.
DON’T: allow any players or personnel associated with the team to participate in any way if they have symptoms of illness. Consider temperature screenings before athletes take the field for practice or games.
DO: encourage the use of masks, as feasible, when it is not possible to maintain social distance.
DO: have plenty of sanitizers available. Position pump bottles near equipment, field entry/exit, and any place where athletes may touch something others will also have to touch.
DON’T: hesitate to say something if you see an opportunity to make play safer. Eliminating high fives, have one trainer pass out equipment, or other procedures that may be different but safer whenever possible.
DO: have players bring their water bottles, snacks, towels, and other items to eliminate sharing as much as possible.
DON’T: try to shorten pre-season conditioning. With many sports seasons shortened this fall, it’s tempting to try to reduce practice and conditioning time. It can greatly increase the risk of injuries to the feet and ankles (as well as the rest of the body).
If you are experiencing pain during or after play or believe you have sustained an injury, make an appointment at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Philip M. Watkins, will examine your feet and ankles and determine how to relieve any sports-related discomfort you are experiencing.