Australian Institute of Sport: Framework for rebooting sport
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), in consultation with sport partners (National Institute Network (NIN) Directors, NIN Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), National Sporting Organisation (NSO) Presidents, NSO Performance Directors and NSO CMOs), has developed a framework to inform the resumption of sport. Given the recency of the advent of COVID-19 there is a paucity of research, particularly in athletic populations. National Principles for Resumption of Sport were used as a guide in the development of ‘the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment’ (the AIS Framework). The AIS Framework is based on current best evidence, and guidelines from the Australian Federal Government extrapolated into the sporting context by specialists in sport and exercise medicine, infectious diseases and public health. The AIS Framework will be regularly updated to reflect the evolving scientific evidence about COVID-19.
The AIS Framework is a timely tool of minimum baseline of standards, for ‘how’ reintroduction of sport activity will occur in a cautious and methodical manner, based on the best available evidence to optimise athlete and community safety. The principles outlined in this document apply equally to high performance/professional level, community competitive and individual passive (non-contact) sport. Decisions regarding the timing of resumption (the ‘when’) of sporting activity must be made in close consultation with Federal, State/Territory and Local Public Health Authorities.