To restart or not restart? That is the question. Ever since student-athletes started returning to practice in June, there has been a spike in COVID-19 cases at training facilities across the country. But why are some college sports teams experiencing outbreaks and not others?
Some universities are attributing their success to data-driven reopening strategies that are not only keeping student-athletes safe on campus, but also improving their performance.
How Some Universities Keep Student-Athletes Safe
Oregon State University is one example of a university that has managed to bring student-athletes back to campus for practice this summer without a resulting outbreak.
In addition to following the NCAA’s official guidelines on how to safely restart college sports, schools including OSU are using data to not only optimize athletic programs but also to create COVID-19 screening tools that can protect student-athletes as campuses reopen.
OSU’s IT department recently used Microsoft’s PowerApps, SharePoint, Office 365, and Power BI to develop an application that is assisting with COVID-19 screening and contact tracing for OSU’s student-athletes.