SPORT MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE:
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is over 350,000 globally, with approximately 100,000 recovered and over 15,000 deaths. The number of new cases continues to increase rapidly. Over 32,000 new cases were reported in the world yesterday, with the largest surges seen in USA, Italy, and Germany.
In Canada, the numbers continue to rise quickly, with nearly 1,500 confirmed cases, 20 deaths. The Public Health Agency of Canada still states that the overall risk of infection in Canada is low, but the caseload has risen dramatically in the last week. There were 142 new cases reported on March 22, after two days of having had nearly 250 new cases per day. Continuing to slow the spread of this disease must be our current national and global priority.
Yesterday the COC and CPC made the difficult decision not to send a team to Tokyo in 2020 to minimize the risk to athletes who feel they need to continue training for July 2020 and to minimize the risk to their families and community.
Hygiene and Social Precautions:
Updated Government of Canada Recommendations:
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: SELF-MONITORING, SELF-ISOLATION, AND ISOLATION FOR COVID-19
Sports and Institutes:
COPSIN is fully supportive of the decision made by COC and CPC yesterday not to send athletes to the Tokyo Summer Games if they occur this year.
At this time, athletes are strongly recommended to reduce training regimens aimed at peak performance capacity at Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, and instead exercise moderately in isolation from others to maintain general health, work on stability, core strength, fundamental movement quality, and so on.
Under the guidance of their NSO coaches, athletes should seek out specific support services to manage transitions in exercise, nutrition, and health needs. The first recommended contacts for physical and mental health issues should be NSO Physicians and NSO Mental Performance / Sport Psychology providers. Athletes who do not have access to NSO health professionals can obtain advice from relevant professionals at COPSIN Institutes and Centres as listed below:
Training and Training Environments:
Athletes are encouraged to seek out their NSO MPC/Sport Psychologist or speak with a CMO (see below for contact details) to address any mental health needs. Additional mental health support services include:
The National Sport Partners have initiated a COVID-19 Mental Health Task Group that will coordinate sharing of best practice within the community of Mental Performance Consultants (MPCs) and Sport Psychologists. National initiatives will be driven by the Task Group, if needed, in response to NSO-driven requests and needs. For more information speak to your NSO or COPSIN MPC/Sport Psychologist or Chief Medical Officer (see below for contact details).
Nutrition for Athletes in Isolation
While athletes may find themselves in isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to keep nutrition top of mind. Work directly with your team or institute nutritionist and follow these quick tips to ensure that you’re tailoring your nutrition to best suit your current needs and to maintain the training gains you’ve had all year long, while keeping your health optimized.
Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) Update: