Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Prepared by : Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport
Last updated : 25 September 2020
Content disclaimer : See Clearinghouse for Sport disclaimer

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt and impact Australians and their communities. 

This topic provides an overview and ongoing monitoring of COVID-19 related information resources, policies, and guidelines developed across the Australian sport sector and internationally. It also collates emerging research investigating various short and long-term impacts on sport, physical activity behaviour and wellbeing during the current pandemic.

If your organisation has relevant materials that can be added to this work, please contact us to have these included. 

Key events in the development of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia

23 January – Australian biosecurity officers began to screen arrivals on flights from Wuhan, China to Sydney.  

25 January – Australia’s first reported case of SARS-CoV-2.

29 January – Queensland first state to declare public health emergency.

31 January – WHO declares the outbreak a ‘public health emergency of international concern’.  

1 February – Foreign nationals from mainland China banned from entering Australia. Australian citizens returning from China are required to self-quarantine at home.  

4 February – AIS releases first Best practice guideline: Novel Coronavirus 2019 and sporting activity (last updated: 8 May 2020).

27 February – Australian Prime Minister activated the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

29 February – Travel ban/enforced quarantine extended to people arriving from Iran.  

1 March – Australia’s first reported death from COVID-19.

5 March – Travel ban/enforced quarantine extended to people arriving from South Korea. 

11 March – The World Health Organisation declared Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. 

11 March – Travel ban/enforced quarantine extended to people arriving from Italy.

12 March – First AU$17.6billion Federal stimulus package unveiled.  

13 March – National Cabinet is created.  

15 March – All travellers arriving in or returning to Australia must self-isolate for 14 days. Ban on gatherings of more than 500 people.  

17 March – AIS suspends public activity on the AIS Bruce Campus in Canberra. NBL cancel remaining games of Grand Final Series. 

18 March – Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people banned. Australian Government announced new community sport guidelines. ASC media statement.  

20 March – General ban on travel to Australia (except for Australian citizens/residents). All returning citizens/residents must self-quarantine for 14 days.  

22 March – Second Federal stimulus package (AU$66B) announced. Social distancing rule of 4 square meters per person in any enclosed space enacted. Federal closure of places of social gathering (including gyms) enacted. WA and SA imposed border closures. 

22 March –  AFL suspends both men's and women's competitions, no premiership awarded for the AFLW.

23 March – The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed to 2021. AIS media statement.  NRL suspends season. 

24 March – National Institute Network close all facilities. NIN media statement (PDF). 

25 March – Australian borders close. Citizens and permanent residents are forbidden to leave Australian territory by air or sea as a passenger.

30 March – Third federal stimulus package announced. Strict limits on indoor/outdoor gatherings. No more than 2 people may be together in public.

30 March – New dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced in 2021. IOC statement

1 April – WA introduced intrastate travel restrictions, limiting movements between WA regions. 

4 May – Australian Government releases National Principles for a return to sport. AIS publishes a complementary framework to help guide sports through this process. Minister for Sport media statement.  

8 May – A national three step plan to relax coronavirus restrictions was announced. States and Territories to decide when each step will be implemented locally.

16 May – State governments start easing restrictions (e.g. NSW allows up to 10 patrons per venue).  

24 May – ASC launch Return to Sport toolkit. Minister for Sport media statement

25 May – National Rugby League (NRL) season restarts.  

18 June – Australian Football League (AFL) season restarts.  

8 July – Stage 3 restrictions reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in Victoria. 

17 July – A-League season restarts.   

20 July – ICC postpones Twenty20 World Cup (due to be held in Australia in October 2020).    

1 August – Super Netball season restarts (TBC).

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Media Statements 

  • Public activity suspended on AIS Canberra campus, Australian Institute of Sport, (17 March 2020). The AIS campus in Canberra is suspending public activity on the site in an effort to create the safest possible training environment for Australian athletes in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and to mitigate risk of transmission of COVID-19.
  • Remaining NBL Grand Final Series Games Cancelled, NBL, (17 March 2020). The NBL has decided to cancel the remaining games of the Grand Final series between the Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats.
  • Minister for Sport issues COVID-19 guidelines for community sport, Department of Health/Australian Sports Commission, (18 March 2020). The Australian Government has announced new community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19, as of 18 March 2020.
  • AFL statement on postponement of 2020 season, Australian Football League, (22 March 2020). The AFL today announced that it would immediately move to suspend the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership season at the conclusion of this weekend's matches and conclude the NAB AFL Women's season as a result of the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus. 
  • Statement from the AIS, Australian Institute of Sport, (23 March 2020). The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) recognises and supports the directive to Australian sports and athletes by the Australian Olympic Committee to prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021, following the International Olympic Committee’s announcement of a potential postponement of this year’s Games.
  • Statement on NIN Closedown 24 March 2020, National Institute Network, (24 March 2020). As stated by the Prime Minister, we need every Australian to do their bit to save the lives of other Australians. Trying to maintain business as usual in high performance sport at this particular time is not an option. Accordingly, the National Institute Network is united in closing our facilities and doing our best to enable athletes to maintain social distancing including training at home. This is the right decision for the health and welfare of athletes. The network’s medical and allied services will be available via phone. Injuries and illnesses will be treated via face to face servicing if absolutely required. 
  • AOC welcomes postponed Tokyo Olympic GamesAustralian Olympic Committee, (25 March 2020). The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has welcomed the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Japanese Government and the Tokyo Olympic Games Organising Committee (TOCOG) to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until next year.
  • COVID-19: Resumption of elite and community sportMinister for Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, (1 May 2020). The National Cabinet has today endorsed measures for the resumption of sport and recreation activities across Australia.
  • AIS Framework helps guide a safer return to sport, Australian Institute of Sport, (4 May 2020). The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Sport Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s national principles for a return to sport. The AIS has published a complementary framework to help guide sports through this process safely.
  • COVID-19: Resumption of elite and community sport, Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, (8 May 2020). The National Cabinet has today endorsed measures for the resumption of sport and recreation activities across Australia.
  • Toolkit launched to help guide return of community sport, Sport Australia, (24 May 2020). Sport Australia has launched a suite of practical resources that focus on giving community sporting clubs and associations a roadmap for the safest return to sport at all levels. 
  • Toolkit launched to help guide return of community sportMinister for Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, (24 May 2020). The Australian Government has welcomed the launch of a toolkit aimed at ensuring community sporting clubs and associations have a clear path to competition as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
  • Injury prevention key as community sport returnsMinister for Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, (29 June 2020). Athletes at every level have been urged to take precautions to avoid injuries as sporting restrictions are eased across Australia.
  • New COVID-safe resources help trainers return to sport, Sport Australia, (3 July 2020). A new resource for Sports Trainers: Sports Trainer Practices in a COVIDSAFE Australia has been developed in collaboration by Sports Medicine Australia, the AIS and Sport Australia.
  • Statement from the Premier, Premier of Victoria, The Honorable Daniel Andrews MP, (7 July 2020). Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July.
  • Cricket Australia accepts the decision of the International Cricket Council to postpone the Men's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, Cricket Australia, (21 July 2020). Australia was due to host the Men’s T20 World Cup this year, however that tournament will now be postponed with a new date to be announced in due course.

Reading 

Resources

  • COVID-19 publications and resourcesParliamentary Library of Australia, (accessed 19 June 2020). The Library is publishing a range of information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Materials will be added to this page as they are published.

Resources, policies and guidelines

National organisations

Department of Health

  • Government response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Find out how the Australian Government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, who we are working with to limit the spread of the virus in Australia and what you can do to help. 
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia – Pandemic Health Intelligence Plan. The Pandemic Health Intelligence Plan provides a framework for collecting the information required to support decision making about COVID-19. 
  • Easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. Australia's federal, state and territory governments are gradually easing restrictions around public gatherings, how businesses can operate, and regional travel. Find out more about the National Cabinet's 3-step plan to create a COVIDSafe Australia with new ways of living and working. 
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for the general public. A collection of information sheets, links to apps and other resources for the general public and industry to help you stay informed and share important messages.
  • Exercising and staying active during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, (updated 20 August 2020). While we keep our distance to stop the spread of COVID-19, staying active is critical for both our physical and mental health. Find out why it is so important, what you can and can’t do, and how to stay on track with your exercise routine.
    • COVIDSAFE Procedures for Outdoor Mass Participation Events, Australian Government, (August 2020). Mass participation events have a higher risk for COVID-19 transmission than many other sport and recreation activities. These guidelines will help organisers develop COVIDSafe plans. Note though that restrictions continue to apply to sports and recreation activities.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert. Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, how you can help stop the spread of the virus in Australia and what to do if you have symptoms. We also report the latest case numbers, official medical advice and information on treatment.
  • Key coronavirus updates archived by day, Australian Government. This page archives previous updates and announcements published by the date of release. 

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

  • Measuring the impacts of COVID-19. We are releasing a range of new statistics to help us all understand the impacts of COVID-19. Find out more about the ABS response to COVID-19, including announcements by the Australian Statistician, Dr David Gruen. 
    • Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, 24-29 June 2020, (13 July 2020). The survey also asked respondents if they were participating more, less or the same in selected activities in late June compared with their usual participation before COVID-19 restrictions started in March. While three in five (60%) reported no change in their usual time spent on exercise or other physical activity, one in five (21%) spent more time and one in five (19%) spent less time. People aged 18-64 years were more likely than those aged 65 years and over to report an increase in physical activity (22% compared to 14%).
    • Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, 6-10 July 2020, (27 July 2020).This publication presents results from the eighth Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, a longitudinal survey which collects information from approximately 1,000 people fortnightly via telephone. This was the last of eight fortnightly cycles with the same panel and was conducted between 6 July and 10 July 2020. A monthly collection with a new panel is planned from August 2020.
    • Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, August 2020 (31 August 2020). This publication presents results from the first release from a new series of the Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey. This is the first of a monthly cycle, conducted throughout Australia between 7 August and 17 August 2020, of the Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey. According to the results less than 25% of people who usually participate in playing/training for sports have participated. Even less have returned to gyms, boot camps or swimming. These figures excluded Victoria, which remains under stronger lockdown conditions, and therefore has even lower participation.  
    • Business Indicators, Business Impacts of COVID-19, (24 September 2020). Businesses in Arts and recreation services [which includes sport] were the most likely to be operating under modified conditions (86%). Almost one third of businesses expect modifications put in place to manage the impacts of COVID-19 will be kept long-term. Two in five employing businesses currently have staff teleworking. One in three employing businesses expect staff hours to increase when conditions stabilise.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

  • COVID-19 Resources. Future AIHW reporting will incorporate information about the impact of COVID-19 on health and welfare issues relevant to Australians. In the meantime, below is a list of some existing resources, which may be useful when researching issues related to COVID-19. 

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

  • Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP). Brings together data from a range of official sources to help you understand your local labour market. 
  • COVID-19 Impacts on Businesses and Recruitment – Survey Results. The National Skills Commission is conducting a survey of businesses to measure the impact of COVID-19. Data is collected on staffing changes, business impacts, actions taken by businesses in response to the pandemic, and future expectations. The key findings from this survey are presented in the reports below with previous versions available upon request.

Resources

  • AIS Framework for Rebooting SportAustralian Institute of Sport, (May 2020). The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Sport Australia welcome the release by National Cabinet of the National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities, which provides the pathway for a safe return to sport. The AIS team, led by Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Hughes, developed this Framework in collaboration with sport CMOs around Australia and in consultation with the Federal Government’s CMOs.  The Framework underpins the Principles, and has been adopted by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and National Cabinet as the guide for the reintroduction of sport and recreation in Australia following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID-19 and Sporting ActivityAustralian Institute of Sport, (accessed 19 June 2020). The Australian Institute of Sport, partnering with the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, is committed to providing the National High Performance Sports System with timely, evidence-based information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that recognises the unique concerns and context associated with high performance sport. Resources include AIS Frameworks and Toolkits; FAQs; Mental health and wellbeing; Body image and eating behaviours during isolation; Funding and assistance for athletes; Travelling to sporting events; Athletes arriving in, or returning to, Australia; Sport relevant updates. 
  • Return to Sport ToolkitSport Australia (accessed 19 June 2020). State and Territory governments and their public health authorities are responsible for decisions about the resumption of sporting activities in each jurisdiction, both at the professional and community sport level. This Return to Sport Toolkit may be updated from time to time as further guidance material from governments and public health authorities is provided. The Toolkit builds on the AIS Framework for Rebooting of Sport and the Australian Government’s National principles for the resumption of sport and recreation activities and includes easy to use templates and step-by-step checklists for organisations to follow when planning their resumption of sporting activities.
    • Sport Trainer practices (July 2020). To successfully perform the role of Sports Trainer in a COVIDSAFE Australia, it is recommended that all Australian Sports Trainers follow a simple 4-step process. This is to ensure the safety of all athletes, support staff and community members.
  • COVID-19 and international travel for sport, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Australia, Paralympics Australia, (1 September 2020). Athletes have a natural desire to compete internationally in the 12 months preceding an Olympic/Paralympic Games. Athletes, coaches and sport organisations need to recognise however that in these extraordinary times, the potential risks of international travel may outweigh the perceived benefits.

Media Statements

  • AIS update on the Victorian COVID-19 Outbreak, (8 July 2020). Anyone who is granted an exemption by the ACT Government to come into the ACT for the purposes of high-performance training, would need to quarantine for 14 days at a site other than the AIS Canberra campus, before commencing any training activities at the AIS.

Resources

  • COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS): What it is, how to prevent spread [mini-course]. While there is a lot of information about COVID-19 available online, this mini-course could help you and the volunteers in your club/association gain a basic understand of the virus and what you can do to prevent its spread. Until a vaccine is found and generally available, COVID-19 will be a part of our lives. As restrictions are eased it's possible that awareness of COVID-19 will decline, thus opening up the possibility of the virus re-emerging. This awareness course is an easy way to remind you of the importance of maintaining good practices to prevent further spreading of COVID-19.    
  • Community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19. Links to information and resources relating to the Australian Government community sport guidelines.  
  • How to stay fit and active at home during the coronavirus self-isolation, Emmanuel Stamatakis, University of Sydney; Dr Andrew Murray, University of Edinburgh; Fiona Bull, University of Western Australia, and Kate Edwards, University of Sydney, republished from The Conversation. 
  • Legal liability and your COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, Andy Gibson, Southern Cross University, (June 2020). It is understandable that given the role and the responsibilities of a COVID-19 Safety Coordinator that a volunteer would be nervous. The position appears to be full of potential legal pitfalls and that only a lawyer should consider the position. But is that really the case? Is the COVID-19 Safety Coordinator going to be the ‘fall guy’ and exposed to potential legal liability if something goes wrong?

Reports

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Community Sport: survey report July 2020Australian Sports Foundation, (July 2020). The survey results show that community sports clubs are at a crisis point and thousands need urgent and co-ordinated financial support to survive. Key findings include:
    • Australia’s 70,000 Community sports clubs have lost an estimated aggregate $1.6bn to date due to COVID-19. For Small Local Clubs, the average amount lost to date is around $14,900, while for Larger Local Clubs, the average amount lost to date is just over $37,000;
    • The shutdown of community sport from March onwards has had a profound social impact on community sports participants, with a contemporaneous research study showing around 1 in 3 respondents reported worse physical and mental health compared to the year before;
    • Nearly 70% of Small Local Clubs forecast a decline in active participants and 43% project a decline in volunteers. At the same time, around a third of clubs project increased demand for community sport post lockdown, putting them under increased pressure they may be unable to meet due to financial constraints and lack of volunteers;
    • Overall the combination of reduced revenues and increased costs mean that one in four respondents feared for their club’s solvency – indicating over 16,000 community sports clubs nationally are thought to be at risk of closure; 
    • On average, Small Local Clubs require additional funding of around $12,600 per club, to assist them through the return to sport, and Large Local Clubs require around $26,800 per club.

Media Statements

  • Community sports clubs need $1.2 billion to survive COVID-19, Australian Sports Foundation, (22 July 2020). One in four clubs fear insolvency, and the Australian Sports Foundation calls on philanthropy businesses and governments to work together to help clubs survive. 
  • Helping Community Sport Tackle COVID-19, Australian Sports Foundation, (September 2020). The enforced absence of community sport is therefore being keenly felt. As Australia’s peak body for philanthropy in sport, the Australian Sports Foundation is deeply aware of this and is working tirelessly to help clubs and communities survive the crisis. As a registered charity and Deductible Gift Recipient, the Sports Foundation is uniquely able to raise funds through community and philanthropic donations to assist community sport. 

Resources

  • COVID-19. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, anti-doping organisations globally have adjusted their programs to meet the ever changing and uncertain situation. The information on this page is intended to answer many of the questions athletes might have about anti-doping in the current environment. 

Resources

Programs

  • At Home with #TeamAus. Introducing your home exercise, skills and healthy living sessions, brought to you by the Olympic family.

Resources

  • Information about coronavirus (COVID-19). ESSA is committed to supporting the safety, health and livelihoods of our exercise professionals during this evolving COVID-19 pandemic. All COVID-19 information pages will be updated regularly so please bookmark and check regularly. Resources include ESSA Communiques, Information for business owners, Telehealth, Member FAQs, Educational opportunities, and links to additional resources for health professionals. 

Media Statements

  • Joint Statement: COVID-19 Impact Likely to Lead to Increased Rates of Suicide and Mental Illness, Dr Tony Bartone, Australian Medical Association (AMA) President, and GP, Professor Ian Hickie AM, Co-Director, Health and Policy, The University of Sydney Central Clinical School, Brain and Mind Centre, Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director, Orygen, Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australian Medical Association, (7 May 2020). AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, and leading mental health experts, Professor Ian Hickie AC and Professor Patrick McGorry AC, are today calling for long-term modelling and investment in mental health to guide critical decision making in social, economic, and health policy to help Australia transition out of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Programs

  • Activate while you isolate with La Trobe Sport! LaTrobe University. Exercise from the comfort of your own home as our La Trobe Sport staff take you through a series of workouts focusing on mobility, strength conditioning, meditation, yoga, pilates and much more!

Reading

  • Sports Medicine Australia and COVID-19: providing ‘virtual’ support to the sports community, Andrea Britt Mosler and Liam Richard West, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume 54(15), (July 2020). The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through the global sporting world with events and competitions postponed or cancelled. The impact on elite athletes, sporting organisations, people working in sport, and community-level sport has been extraordinary. While Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) has similarly faced considerable challenges, opportunities for the organisation to adapt and redirect its focus have presented as a result of the pandemic.

Resources

  • COVID-19 and Sports, Deaf Sports Australia. Deaf Sports Australia would like to dedicate this page for public information updates regarding the COVID-19 impact. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date with us at Deaf Sports Australia.
  • COVID-19 Return to Sport Resources, Sports Community. Provides links to organisations that are providing support and publishing advice to help re-boot sport, and get your club going again. 
  • COVID Safe Sport Coaches and Officials Certification, Australian Coaching Council, Confederation of Australian Sport, Martial Arts Industry Association, (2020). The COVID Safe Sport Coaches and Officials Certification course ensures coaches take the appropriate measures when conducting sports training sessions.
  • Reboot Sport National FundingReboot Sport, (updated 18 June 2020).  Ensure you get your club, league or association in the mix for available funding. There are numerous guides available on how to write effective grant submissions, so be sure to allocate this task to someone in your club. Some states offer grant writing assistance. If you need advice or assistance writing grants, please contact us at Reboot Sport. Grants usually have a short window of opportunity, especially COVID-19 response grants, so don't delay.
  • Return to Sport Clubhouse, Special Olympics Australia. Our plan is designed to assist Special Olympics athletes, clubs, coaches, officials and families understand the steps and requirements for sport, events and training to return as safely as possible.

Videos

  • Return to Sport [series], Australian Physiotherapy Association/YouTube, (June 2020). A series of videos looking aimed at assisting sport participants to safely return to playing basketball and netball.
  • Sports Trainer Practices in a COVID-19 Environment Recording, Sports Medicine Australia (29 July 2020). Sports Medicine Australia held a live online panel discussion on Tuesday July 28 to discuss the theoretical and practical elements of Sports Medicine Australia, the AIS and Sport Australia new resource for Sports Trainers called Sports Trainer Practices in a COVIDSAFE Australia. 

State and territory organisations

Resources

ACT Government

Media statements

Extending support for sports sector through COVID-19, (8 August 2020). The ACT Government will provide additional support to help Canberra’s sports sector meet the challenges of COVID-19 while ensuring the community can continue to enjoy being active. The support package announced will see fees waived for hiring ACT Government sportsgrounds, Stromlo Forest Park criterium and running tracks and public education facilities for a further six months. The provision of these waivers will provide an equivalent of $2.2 million to the sector, on top of $4.7 million committed from April to September, and will ease some of the financial pressure organisations are facing.

Resources

NSW Office of Sport 

  • COVID-19 Sport and Active Recreation Sector Resources Library. This resource library brings together good resources from a variety of expert providers and official organisations to help support your sporting organisation. It doesn’t matter your size, if you employ people or not, there will be something here that can help you.
  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) UpdateThe situation is evolving daily and the Office of Sport is working with NSW Health to monitor COVID-19’s impact on our service delivery and the sport and recreation sectors.  
  • Staying Active during COVID-19. At the Office of Sport we remain committed to our mission of building active communities across New South Wales. We've compiled this resource to help you find suitable ways to safely exercise in and around your home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

NSW Government

  • Help us stay COVID safe. General NSW Government information and resources relating to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Industry guidelines for COVID Safe workplaces: Sports, recreation and gyms. Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan for a gym, health or dance studio, martial arts facility, pool, sauna or spa, indoor sports or community sports facility. Template COVID-19 Safety plans are available for: Gyms, health and dance studios, martial arts training facilities; Indoor recreation facilities; Swimming pools, saunas and spas; and, Community sporting competitions and full training activities. 
  • Minimising risk of COVID-19 transmission in community sports, Advice from Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer NSW Ministry of Health​, (14 August 2020). In​ response to increased cases of COVID-19 in NSW, further public health measures are being put in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission related to participation in community sports. These updated recommendations will help us to meet the NSW Government’s aim of achieving no community transmission in NSW and will support community sports to continue operating safely.
  • NSW Street Treatments for COVID Recovery, Transport for NSW, (August 2020). This resource is designed to support the rapid rollout of projects developed through the Streets as Shared Spaces program, but also other temporary or tactical interventions proposed by councils, communities, TfNSW, DPIE or other government agencies. 

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS)

  • High Performance at Home.Our team are utilising their knowledge and experience with some of Australia’s top athletes to provide free tips and advice in order to support the wider community currently working and exercising from home.
  • New routine means new eating habits for athletes—our day-to-day routines and schedules play a huge role in determining what and when to eat. So when training schedules and energy demands change, it’s important for athletes to check in with their dietitian to reassess if current intake is appropriate and to apply nutrition strategies to suit the new demands. (25 March 2020)

Sport NSW

  • Ongoing COVID-19 Response. The impact of COVID-19, both real and perceived is evolving at a rapid rate. Sport NSW is actively monitoring the latest updates and will continue to update its members and stakeholders throughout the pandemic.

Media statements

  • New COVID-19 compliance rules for NSW gyms, NSW Government, (29 July 2020). From Saturday 1 August 2020, new rules will be in place for gyms and fitness centres to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in NSW. 
  • Clubgrants funding available to boost local communities, Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, NSW Government, (21 September 2020). Community organisations impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for funding, thanks to the next round of the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program opening today.

Resources

NT Government 

  • Support and Resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture. As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, the adverse impacts to those involved with Territory sport have been overwhelming. Local sport competitions, trainings, recreation facilities, services and sport related activities have all but ceased or been closed. This has resulted in some people experiencing social isolation, stress, fear, anxiety and loss of employment. There are sports that have lost key personnel and essential revenue streams. There are also the nationwide health and social impacts of acute illness, family separation, loss, grief and bereavement. In the spirit of “building hope and strength for the future” there are services and resources available to support those who are suffering. 
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19). NT Government resources. The 'Steps to the new normal business restart' section includes information relevant to sport and recreation organisations. 

Guidelines

  • Return to Play Guide, Queensland Government. Read the Return to Play Guide for Queensland sport, recreation and fitness industries to see what your organisation should do to return to play. The guide will be continually updated to reflect current Queensland COVID-19 restrictions.

Resources 

Queensland Government

Brisbane City Council

  • Lord Mayor’s COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program Guidelines. Brisbane City Council is providing $3 million in direct financial assistance to community, cultural, and sport and recreational groups leasing a Council-owned or managed community facility, to help them rebuild and re-commence services to residents after the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible organisations can apply for funding of up to $10,000 towards operating expenses incurred between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020, and future minor maintenance works at Council community leased facilities. Applications are now open. The Program will close when funding is expended.

Media Statements

  • COVID impacted families to get back into sport, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, (6 July 2020). From tomorrow a fresh round of $150 Fair Play vouchers will be available. The special COVID-19 round opens after more than 4,000 clubs received COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart funding of $2,000 which closed last week.
  • Job-creating grants support recovery of Queensland community clubs, Minister for Sport The Honourable Mick de Brenni, (16 July 2020). Grants of up to $20,000 to support Queensland’s local clubs to purchase equipment and carry out capital works will open today, delivering further economic stimulus through sport clubs recovering from COVID-19 closures.
  • State Govt secures Suncorp Super Netball season for Queensland, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, (19 July 2020). Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced every team and the entire Suncorp Super Netball season will relocate to Queensland for the duration of 2020.
  • Brisbane cyclists benefit from COVID Works for Queensland funding, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Stirling Hinchliffe, (27 August 2020). Brisbane cyclists can look forward to new and upgraded bikeways in the CBD and Kangaroo Point as well as between Chermside and Aspley in the city’s north and in MacGregor in the city’s south, made possible with the Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program.

Research

  • Impact of COVID-19 as at August 2020. In May and June, the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) carried out a survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on community sport across Australia. Since that time clubs and organisations in Queensland have returned to play and may be now experiencing similar or different impacts from COVID-19 .  To assist in identifying and measuring these changing/emerging impact, Sport and Recreation, in partnership with key industry organisations, has modified the ASF survey and would appreciate your club/organisation completing it. The survey will remain open for 7 days and will close on midnight 25 August 2020.

Resources

SA Government

  • COVID-19 Information, Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. Information for sports, clubs, recreation organisations and individuals relating to the latest news for sport and recreation; creating a COVID-Safe Plan/Management plan; COVID-19 webinars; and information on how to stay active. 
  • Recovery from COVID-19, South Australian Government. The South Australian government has released its Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions. While the Prime Minister and National Cabinet have released a national framework, state and territory governments must develop their own plans for moving towards a COVID safe society and economy. This roadmap is South Australia's plan. 
  • COVID Marshals, SA Health. From August 2020, it is mandatory for a COVID Marshal to supervise prescribed activities. This means that for all sport and recreation there should be a COVID Marshal present who has completed the online training. 

Inclusive Sport SA

  • Return to Sport and Recreation. As we all work to bring sport back to our playing fields and courts Inclusive Sport SA, in partnership with the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing have developed The Return to Sport Accessible Communication material to promote health literacy and positive hygiene practices and assist sport deliverers in administering a smooth and safe return to sport. Resources include a short engaging video promoting positive hygiene practices, Easy Read Guides, Social Stories, and Communication and Engagement Guides. The material provides guidance and resources to support sport administrators and volunteers in communicating with club members and players with differing learning styles, low literacy levels or where English is an additional language to better understand health and hygiene protocols in a new COVID-19 environment about Return to Sport rules and guidelines.

Sport SA

  • COVID-19 Resources. Providing resources to assist individuals and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media Statements

  • Sporting clubs to pocket $1.5 million in water bill savings, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard. Eligible sporting organisations are have been able to receive a reimbursement of 50% of their water and sewerage charges for the April to June 2020 billing period. The closing date for applications has been extended to 30 September 2020. Dozens 

Other resources

Hooked on Sport Podcasts, with sports columnist Ben Hook, is a collaboration with Sport SA and Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation.As we commence our Return to Sport we are delivering updates and insights into how leagues and clubs are returning to sport and competition. Keep up to date on: practical changes you will need to make at your club; supporting your members’ physical and mental well-being; injury prevention and providing support to your athletes. Recent episodes include: 

  • Sport SA Industry Forum – COVID Update, (3 September 2020). Join the 130 representatives from 70 sports who attended the Sport SA Industry Forum at Priceline Stadium today to hear from Prof Nicola Spurrier, Dr Chris Lease, Dr Janet Young, John Mannion and Katrina Ranford.
  • Professor Nicola Spurrier leads a discussion on COVID and our Return to Sport, (31 August 2020). Sport SA hosted SA sporting CEOs and Presidents to hear from Professor Nicola Spurrier, Dr Chris Lease, Dr Janet Young and Katrina Ranford on COVID and our Return to Sport.

Resources

Tasmanian Government 

Media Statements

  • Improving the Playing Field across Tasmania, Minister for Sport and Recreation Jane Howlett, (11 July 2020). Under the program, grants of between $25,000 and $250,000 will be considered for local councils, sporting associations and clubs for the building of new facilities and upgrades of existing amenities Eligible projects include change rooms, toilets and shower facilities, accessibility, lighting, security, fencing, scoreboards, drainage and other civil construction works. 
  • Government welcomes conditional re-opening of 24-hour gyms, Minister for Sport and Recreation Jane Howlett, (11 September 2020). The strengthening of COVID-Safe protocols in gyms to enable 24/7 operations will be welcomed by the fitness industry and gym patrons.

Resources

Sport and Recreation Victoria

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Vicsport

  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Links.Vicsport is monitoring the situation regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its impact on sporting clubs and sporting events. The information below may help in communicating with sporting clubs and members.
  • Member Wellness Portal (launched July 2020). A specifically designed page on Global Wellness Tracking's website, the Vicsport Member Wellness Portal has been created to support the sport and recreation community including players, officials, staff, committee members, board members and supporters as well as family and friends.Members receive access to the secure locker room where there are a range of resources including blogs, information, videos, courses, education and connections to a network that will support your positive active living and mindfulness.

School Sport Victoria

VicHealth

Media Statements

  • Regional Community Sport To Stay Non-Contact To Save Lives, Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence, (10 July 2020). In line with the directions of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton, the difficult but necessary decision has been made to halt the resumption of full-contact training and competition for people aged 19 and over in regional Victoria.
  • Sports reach historic agreement on community seasons, Sport and Recreation Victoria, (17 July 2020). In a first for community sport in Victoria, eleven of the major outdoor sports, from soccer to little athletics, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining season dates as part of the return of the Winter 2020 and Summer 2020-21 seasons. Facilitated by Sport and Recreation Victoria as an initiative of the LGA Sport COVID-19 Working Group, this agreement will give more certainty over upcoming winter season dates, sportsfield use and the transition to the Summer 2020-21 Season.
  • Expert Panel helping sport and recreation Return to Play, Sport and Recreation Victoria, (20 July 2020). The Return to Play Expert Panel was assembled by Sport and Recreation Victoria to help address the complex process for state sporting associations (SSAs) to develop a return to play plan that was both practical and viable, and met the directions of the Chief Health Officer to ensure safety and reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Helping Local Sporting Competitions Get Through The Pandemic, Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence, (28 July 2020). The $40 million Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package is rolling out grants of up to $15,000 for associations and leagues, and grants of $1,000 for individual clubs. The Government is also investing $68 million in shovel-ready community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state, to stimulate jobs and economic activity, and deliver fantastic new projects to local communities as part of the new $2.7 billion Building Works package.
  • Statement On Changes To Melbourne’s Restrictions, Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, (2 August 2020). From 6pm tonight, Melbourne will also move to Stage 4 restrictions with stronger rules to limit the movement of people – and limit the spread of this virus across our city. That includes a curfew – from 8pm to 5am – beginning tonight. The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be work, medical care and caregiving. Exercise will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometres from your home. Group size will be limited to a maximum of two – you and one other person – whether you live with them or not. 
  • Statement On Changes To Regional Restrictions, Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, (2 August 2020). From 6pm tonight, Victoria will enter a State of Disaster. And from 11:59pm on Wednesday, regional Victoria will return to Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions. That means there’ll again only be four reasons to be out:  shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Daily exercise. Work and study – if you can’t do it from home.
  • Helping Sporting Clubs And Associations Through The Pandemic, Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence, (11 August 2020). The Victorian Government is supporting state sport associations, state sport and recreation bodies and regional academies get through the pandemic with support from the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today announced more than $12.7 million in grants have been approved from the Government’s $40 million package for the sport and active recreation sector. Almost 70 organisations have been awarded grants under this stream of the package, including Netball Victoria, AFL Victoria, Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria, Football Victoria and Gippsland Regional Sports Academy.

Resources

WA Government

Media Statements

Sporting organisations

Resources

Athletics Australia

  • The Stadium: COVID-19. Stay up to date with all updates relating to COVID-19 and how it affects athletics below. 
  • The Virtual Stadium. Athletics Australia has developed a central hub for the athletics community to ensure we keep moving, stay engaged, keep fit, keep safe and keep healthy during this period of unique and unprecedented lockdown throughout Australia, and indeed the world. The content, which will appear on both the Athletics Australia website and across the Athletics Australia social media channels, is divided into three key themes: Keep Safe, Keep Fit and Keep Healthy. This site will sit alongside the existing Coronavirus information hub; The Stadium COVID-19.

Athletics North Queensland

  • Major update to Membership Fees, (22 June 2020). Athletics North Queensland Board has decided that $25 will apply for all 2020 track and field membership. This is a reduction of up to $60 per member that is backdated to the start of the 2020 season. Though this decision means that the  Association will lose a large percentage of its annual income, it is more important at the present time, to reduce the burdens that affiliated Clubs and members are facing as the result of the COVID19 pandemic.   The aim of Athletics North Queensland is to get through this pandemic together so we can return even stronger in the future. 

World Athletics

  • Athletics@Home. A new series designed to help people of all ages to stay fit, active and engaged during this period of unprecedented lockdown around the world.
  • Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management: COVID19 Mass gathering risk assessment for sporting events, Medical Task Force and Advisory Group, (2020). This tool is intended to support you in the organisation of your event during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The same tool, processes and recommendations can be used in all cases of communicable disease outbreaks. Sports targeted by this tool include: cycling, nordic skiing, rowing, running, and triathlon. The tool’s output is a document that has the objective to practically assist you in making the right decisions to protect the local community, the event’s participants, the volunteers, workforce and staff involved. This tool does not include spectator management. The use of this tool will not guarantee that your event can take place but, based on information available through your local Public Health Authorities, should help you to: 
    • assess the risk of the event in quantitative and qualitative ways,
    • establish the community and the event’s preparedness for the risks of COVID-19,
    • clarify the steps to take to further mitigate and reduce the risk.

United Kingdom

  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance for Road Race and Multi-Terrain Race Organisers in the UK, United Kingdom Athletics and Run Britain, (July 2020). UK Athletics/England Athletics and MSO (Mass Participation Sports Organisers) have produced this guidance document in collaboration with Sport England to help event organisers consider what measures need to be implemented at events to fulfil their duty of care in providing a safe environment for participants to take part. This guidance at this stage applies to English races only.

Reading

  • ASICS launches RunToFeel campaign, ASICS/World Athletics, (9 June 2020). During the isolation of lockdown in recent months, the world has fallen in love with running. That's according to a new and ongoing research study by ASICS whose initial findings have been released today. 
  • Nearly 200 athletes offered grants to help them through financial troubles caused by coronavirus pandemic, Michael Houston, Inside the Games, (21 June 2020). A total of 193 athletes from 58 Member Federations have been offered grants by World Athletics from the Athlete Welfare Fund to help support athletes experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. World Athletics, along with the International Athletics Foundation (IAF), created the fund due to the pandemic which caused loss of income for athletes. Each athlete will receive $3,000 (£2,400/€2,600) from the $600,000 (£486,000/€537,000) total contributed by philanthropists. 

Resources

Archery Australia

World Archery

Resources

Artistic Swimming Australia

  • Return to Sport Framework. Welcome to the Artistic Swimming RETURN TO SPORT FRAMEWORK. We have been working on a plan to assist clubs and their coaches to safely return to the training activity. Here you will find useful resources and links to information to help you safely Plan, Prepare, Respond, and Recover. 

Resources

Australian Football League (AFL)

AFL NSW/ACT

  • Return to Play. NSW/ACT Current status; Return to group training, competition and Auskick resources; Education modules; Resources and templates. 

AFLNT

  • COVID-19 latest information. All the information relating to AFLNT competitions, programs and events that have been postponed/cancelled due to COVID-19.  

AFL Queensland

  • Return to Play. Links to State Government information; AFLQ Roadmap and Protocols; Community Guidelines and Fixtures; FAQs, Resources, Contacts. 

SANFL

  • Return to Play. Key documents: Return to Play checklists and protocols; Return to Play education suite; Return to Play resources; previous stages/protocol documents; related information and resources.
AFL Victoria

  • Return to Play. Following the Victorian State Government advice around the return of community sport, AFL Victoria endorses a return to club sanctioned training and matches provided participants follow the relevant Victorian State Government guidelines and AFL Victoria’s COVID-19 guidelines are implemented. This document relates specifically to senior and junior community football in Victoria, including umpires.

West Australian Football Commission

Resources

Badminton Australia

  • Coronavirus Info. Badminton Australia, together with the state and territory organisations, has released a number of resources to support badminton associations and clubs across Australia to bring a safe return of badminton to the community.

Reading

  • Baseball’s New Rules: No Spitting, No Arguing, and Lots of Testing, James Wagner, NY Times, (24 June 2020). M.L.B. has a new 113-page manual with protocols to keep players and staff members from getting infected by the virus during its upcoming, shortened season.
  • ABL outlines new-look structure for 2020/21 season, Baseball Australia, (27 August 2020). The Australian Baseball League’s 2020/21 season will feature an Australian and International conference under a bold revamp to combat the impact of COVID-19. Under the new-look model each team will play 24 games with the International Conference likely to be based almost entirely in New Zealand at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium.

Resources

Basketball Australia

  • COVID-19 Hub. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop around the globe and shift our everyday lives, Basketball Australia would like to provide you with an avenue for resources and information such as Health and Government updates, State-specific information, as well as the most up-to-date information regarding our programs across the country.
  • Return to Basketball Guidelines (May 2020). In creating these guidelines, Basketball Australia aims to provide members and the community with clarity on what activities can resume and how best to create a safe training environment depending on the differing levels of restrictions imposed by governments.
  • Return to Basketball: Restarting competitions. These articles will provide you with step-by-step assistance to abandon, reschedule or restart your competitions correctly, which will ultimately ensure that player stats history and finals eligibility are retained, and that competition structures are unaffected for the season.
  • BA statement regarding Coronavirus precautionary measures, Basketball Australia, (13 March 2020).Despite the Government recommendation not being actionable until Monday, based on discussion with our Chief Medical Officer, the Board of Basketball Australia wishes to take a more proactive approach in protecting the health and wellbeing of the players and the families of our basketball community. As such, Basketball Australia strongly recommends competitions around Australia are postponed as of 7.00am Saturday 14 March 2020, and that this position is maintained until further notice.
  • #WEBALLTOGETHER Program to Support Community During COVID-19, (8 July 2020). As part of its continued efforts to support the nation’s basketball community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Basketball Australia (BA) has announced a range of new initiatives under its “We Ball Together” program aimed at keeping over 1.1 million participants active, engaged and informed until the sport can safely resume normalcy.

FIBA

  • FIBA revamps Restart Guidelines for return to basketball, (7 August 2020). The second edition (2.0) of FIBA’s Restart Guidelines is now available in English, French and Spanish for National Federations and leagues. The purpose of these guidelines are to offer direction and advice for the restart of basketball activities and competitions.
  • Guidelines for the Return to Basketball, (25 May 2020). This document is primarily for use by National Basketball Federations who are looking for guidance in the restart of basketball in their jurisdiction, particularly if there is a lack of Government oversight on the management of the COVID-19 virus in sport.
  • COVID-19 Basketball Risk Assessment and Mitigation Checklist 1.0, (May 2020). A basketball-specific Risk Assessment Tool produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Global League Tracker. The map describes the status of top-tier of men's national leagues around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list is updated regularly with information available in the public domain.
  • #Sport4Recovery Campaign Launched to Reopen Organized Sport, (18 June 2020). Today #Sport4Recovery, a global campaign to encourage policymakers to safely re-open organized sport, was launched by a group of governing bodies and other stakeholders from across different sport. In addition to communicating with policymakers, the campaign aims to work with the scientific community to highlight the importance of sport for mental and physical health recovery as well as to mobilize athletes and sports fans.  

Media statements

  • NBL21 Return to Competition Taskforce, National Basketball League, (12 August 2020). The NBL Return to Competition Taskforce, which had its first meeting last week, will work closely with the NBL’s Clubs, the Australian Basketball Players’ Association (ABPA) and other key stakeholders on the planning and operation of the season.
  • Hungry Jack's NBL to Tip Off in Early 2021, National Basketball League, (14 September 2020). Hungry Jack’s NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman said: “After consulting with the nine NBL clubs and the Australian Basketball Players’ Association and acting on the advice of our NBL Return to Competition Taskforce, we have decided the start of the season will be delayed until at least mid-January.

Research

Videos

  • COVID-19 Educational VideosBasketball Australia, (July 2020). To help our community get back to balling together, we all need to play our part. Please see below the four videos Basketball Australia has created to help in maintaining safety and precaution when returning to training and game play.
  • Return to Sport [series], Australian Physiotherapy Association, YouTube, (June 2020). A series of videos looking aimed at assisting sport participants to safely return to playing basketball and netball.  

Resources

Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC)


Resources

BMX Australia


Resources

Bocce Australia

  • Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions on Bocce. Aligned to the announcements made by the State and Federal Governments in providing the pathway for a safer return to sport, Bocce Australia (BA) has prepared a set of guidelines for clubs and participants to follow, in conjunction with advice issued by State and Territory Associations (STAs). Bocce Australia ‘Return to Bocce’ program follows Sport Australia and Lawn Bowls Australia Reboot Sport Framework and we thank both organisations for their support and use of material.

Resources

Boccia Australia

  • Return to Boccia. BA has released the Framework for Returning to Boccia and Guidelines for Clubs

Resources

Bowls Australia

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice. The resource below is intended to provide an overview of the currently available information from the Australian Federal Government related to the virus and what measures and precautions members of the Australian bowls community should put in place.
  • COVID-19: Latest Bowls-specific Guidelines, (7 September 2020). The following guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the State of Play and Trade matrix
  • Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions on Bowls. In lieu of announcements made by the State and Federal Governments in providing the pathway for a safer return to sport, Bowls Australia (BA) has prepared a set of guidelines for clubs and participants to follow, in conjunction with advice issued by State and Territory Associations (STAs).
  • COVID-19: Return to Bowls Toolkit, (June 2020). Through a national survey conducted by Bowls Australia (BA), in consultation with the State and Territory Associations (STAs), the following feedback was obtained from 450 clubs in response to the effects Covid-19 has had on the bowls community. As a result of the survey findings, along with the guidelines and information continually being released by state and federal governments, BA have constructed a Return to Sport Plan that enables Bowls to focus on key areas of support for STAs and Clubs to ensure Bowls is open to all again as soon as practically possible. Within the toolkit is a number of hard copy resources including funding and participation programs that can be used and applied for by clubs. Some of the key findings from the survey included: 
    • The majority of clubs closed from the dates between March 13-30, up until the time of the survey.
    • It is estimated that Bowls Clubs throughout Australia have suffered a financial impact of at least $136.4M.
    • 670 staff have been directly affected by the virus (loss of hours or termination of employment).
    • 48% of clubs have applied for some form of Government support.
  • COVID-19 Related National Club Survey. In consultation with the State and Territory Associations, a COVID-19 related National Club Survey was drafted by a working group at Bowls Australia (June, 2020). A summary of the key findings obtained from this important survey can be viewed in the infographic.
  • Helping Hand Fund to aid COVID-19 affected clubs, (September 2020). Bowls Australia (BA) is calling on the bowls community, and wider Australian community, to lend a ‘Helping Hand’ to bowls clubs left financially devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations to the Helping Hand campaign are tax-deductible, through BA’s fundraising partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation.
Bowls ACT

Bowls NSW

  • Coronavirus updates. Bowls NSW will continue to update our community on the latest updates regarding the Coronavirus and how this will impact scheduled competitions and other events. We are following the guidelines of Bowls Australia, The World Health Organisation and NSW Health and as the recommendations are changing frequently we will endeavour to pass on information as quickly as we can to all clubs and members.
Bowls Queensland

  • Industry COVID Safe Plan - 5 June 2020 update. Following the Queensland State Government announcing stage 2 “Easing of Restrictions” regarding COVID-19, Bowls Queensland are part of an Industry COVID Safe Plan which covers affiliated Bowls Clubs in Queensland. Please note this plan only relates to the playing of bowls and not operations within the Club. Clubs QLD along with the QLD Hotels Association and the RSL and Services Clubs Association have developed an Industry COVID Safe Plan for the inside operations of clubs which has also been approved by the CHO.
  • Outdoor Sport Industry COVID Safe PlanBowls Queensland, (June 2020).

Bowls SA

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19). Updated guidelines, resources and links relating to Bowls in South Australia.  

Bowls Tasmania

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Help Desk. lease know that Bowls Tasmania is here to offer as much assistance as we can and to try and keep you as informed as possible with all of the latest relevant Government information; including all regulations for licensed premises and all funding or stimulus opportunities that might be available for your Club.
  • Return to Play. Video and guidelines. 

Media statements

  • All National Events Postponed until 2021, Bowls Australia, (17 August 2020). All remaining national bowls events scheduled to occur before the end of the year have been postponed, Bowls Australia (BA) has confirmed today. 

Programs

  • Rollback the Clock at Home, Bowls Australia. A new video series developed by Bowls Australia, and proudly presented by Stockland Retirement Living, that can be completed at home, to help Australians find their 30 minutes of daily exercise. All videos are 5 to 20 minutes long, so that you complete two to three each day, and are designed to be completed in the comfort of your own home, to ensure you ‘Find your 30’ minutes of activity each day.
  • One-year extension for coaches and officials, Bowls Australia, (August 2020). As an extension to Bowls Australia’s (BA) COVID-19 Return to Bowls Plan and with the support of the State and Territory Associations, BA will implement a free 12-month extension for all coaches and officials accreditation, effective for all those accredited at March 31, 2020.

Resources

Paddle Australia

  • COVID-19 Links and Updates. The following links source information provided by the Australian Government and Sport bodies for their advice on ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19)’.
  • The Paddle On Support Package. Paddle Australia and the State Paddle Associations are very aware of the impact COVID-19 is having on Clubs and paddlers.So, to help everyone through this time, we are pleased to announce the Paddle Support Package. Key elements include: 25% discount on 2020/21 Club fees; establishment of the Paddle on Foundation; Free member access to the new online Introduction to Coaching course; A three-month extension for all current Paddle Australia qualification holders. 

Programs

  • 5k Paddle Challenge, International Canoe Federation. The International Canoe Federation is hoping to encourage professional and recreational paddlers all over the world to participate in our virtual competition and take on a five kilometre paddle challenge to not only stay active, but to raise money for the incredibly important work of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
  • Canoe Kids, International Canoe Federation. Find all sorts of free exciting activities to keep you busy and entertained until you are allowed outside again. You can work online, or print out our puzzles and colouring in activities so you can keep having fun, even when you can't get on to a computer!

Resources

WAKO Australia

  • Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment Policy. The WAKO AUSTRALIA Policy for training at COVID-19 Level B and C for Sporting Activities is intended to provide clubs with the information needed to determine whether they are able, and willing to re-open under Level B to non-contact training and re-introduce full contact training at Level C in a safe environment with reduced risk of transmission for members, their families and the larger population.

Martial Arts Industry Association 

  • COVID Safe Martial Arts Instructor CertificationMartial Arts Industry Association, (2020). The COVID Safe Martial Arts Instructor Certification course ensures instructors take the appropriate measures when conducting martial arts classes. 

Programs

  • Bailey buoyed by Zoom boom, Australian Taekwondo, (29 June 2020). The 22-year-old star hosted four interactive training sessions via video link Zoom as part of an Australian Taekwondo COVID-19 response initiative to give “isolated” players across Australia the chance to learn from our best through a series of video training sessions. 
  • Australian Taekwondo's athlete-led online sessions to run for another year, Ali Iveson, Inside the Games, (19 July 2020). Australian Taekwondo is to keep running online sessions led by athletes - initially launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic - for the next 12 months. Hundreds of people have taken part in the sessions to date, which are run on Zoom but later uploaded to Vimeo to be viewed after the event.

Resources

Croquet Victoria

Resources

Cycling Australia

  • Rebooting Cycling in a COVID-19 Environment. This resource page will serve temporarily as a compilation of resources to help the cycling community navigate the Rebooting of Cycling in a COVID-19 Environment. We note that some States and Territories may have different circumstances and requirements. 
  • Position Statement on International Activities, (12 August 2020). In response to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, Cycling Australia (CA) wish to make public its current position on its international competition activities. 

Cycling NSW

  • COVID-19 Information. This page provides a brief summary of COVID-19 rules, restrictions and guidelines as they apply to the sport of cycling in NSW. It will be updated as information changes. This page is intended as a brief overview only. For more details, view our latest News and the "More Information" section below.
  • Guide to Racing and Training in the COVID-19 Environment (17 June 2020).   

WestCycle

  •  WA Cycling and COVID-19. Regardless of the discipline of cycling or the environment the following guidelines should be implemented for any training or event environments. 

International

  • Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management: COVID19 Mass gathering risk assessment for sporting events, Medical Task Force and Advisory Group, (2020). This tool is intended to support you in the organisation of your event during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The same tool, processes and recommendations can be used in all cases of communicable disease outbreaks. Sports targeted by this tool include: cycling, nordic skiing, rowing, running, and triathlon. The tool’s output is a document that has the objective to practically assist you in making the right decisions to protect the local community, the event’s participants, the volunteers, workforce and staff involved. This tool does not include spectator management. The use of this tool will not guarantee that your event can take place but, based on information available through your local Public Health Authorities, should help you to: 
    • assess the risk of the event in quantitative and qualitative ways,
    • establish the community and the event’s preparedness for the risks of COVID-19,
    • clarify the steps to take to further mitigate and reduce the risk.

Media statements

Reading

 

Resources

Darts Australia

  • Return to Darts Plan. This resource has been developed to assist State Sporting Organisations, dart clubs, tournament hosts and associations across Australia to plan for the recommencement of social games, league nights, super league and other tournaments, coaching and programs in a safe, responsible and low risk manner.
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Resources

Australian Eight Ball Federation (AEBF)

  • COVID-19 Guidelines. These guidelines align with public health and SafeWork Australia recommendations for workplaces, and the “AIS Framework for Re-booting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment”. They will be reviewed and updated regularly in accordance with changes to public health guidelines and government requirements.


Resources

Equestrian Australia

Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI)

  • Covid-19 impact on the Equestrian Community, (accessed 14 September 2020). Stay up to date on the latest Covid-19 developments in equestrian sport with all the Covid-19 related advisories and news. 
  • FEI pledges almost CHF 3 million in funding through FEI Solidarity, (11 Sepember 2020). The FEI will make close to CHF 3 million available in development funding through FEI Solidarity, including just over CHF 1 million through the newly created FEI Covid-19 Relief Fund for National Federations that have been severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic. 

Resources

Australian Fencing Federation

  • Coronavirus COVID-19. The AFF's position and advice to members has evolved over time in response to a rapidly changing health and regulatory environment. Where there is conflicting advice, the most recent article published here reflects the AFF's current position.

Resources

Football Federation Australia (FFA)

  • #PlayAtHomeChallenge! The grassroots season around Australia may have been postponed but you can keep football in your life with the #PlayAtHomeChallenge. 
  • Rebooting Football Activities. Following the National Cabinet's 3-step plan to move toward COVIDSafe communities, football is getting ready for the first whistle. Football Federation Australia, together with our Member Federations, have created 16 fun and simple activity ideas that adhere to the current AIS Guidelines to support the work of community coaches throughout Australia.

Programs

  • FFA and Black Dog Institute join forces to support the Australian football family’s mental health and wellbeing, Football Federation Australia/Black Dog Institute, (1 May 2020). Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced it is partnering with Black Dog Institute to provide mental health education and support to the grassroots football community and FFA’s employees, national team players, directors and staff. The new initiative will see FFA share Black Dog’s extensive range of mental health resources across its digital properties and large football network, as the Australian football family continues to assist the slowdown of the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social isolation and social distancing.
  • Football SA launches new E-Series (27 March 2020). With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 resulting in all Football activity being suspended, Football SA will run a series of online FIFA 20 competitions across Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms in a bid to engage with its participants across the state.

Research

  • Position statement of the Royal Spanish Football Federation for the resumption of football activities after the COVID-19 pandemic (June 2020), Helena Herrero-Gonzalez, Rafael Martín-Acero, Juan Del Coso, et al, British Journal of Sports Medicine, (16 June 2020). The framework encompasses guidelines at three levels: (1) clinical measures to assess player’s health status after the confinement and procedures to reduce the probability of COVID-19 infection during training and competition, (2) training recommendations to develop strategies for injury prevention and physiological readaptation, and (3) proposal for the competition calendar and allowance of changes of in-game regulations. The aim of this editorial is to make these recommendations public since they may contribute to guideline development by other sporting bodies that are also managing players’ return to training and competition.
  • The resumption of sports competitions after COVID-19 lockdown: The case of the Spanish football league, Javier M. Buldú, Daniel R. Antequera, Jacobo Aguirre, Cornell University, (last revised 21 May 2020). In this work, we present a stochastic discrete-time SEIR (Susceptible-Exposed-Infectious-Recovered) model adapted to describe the propagation of COVID-19 during a football tournament. Specifically, we are concerned about the re-start of the Spanish national football league, La Liga, which is currently -May 2020- stopped with 11 fixtures remaining. Our model includes two additional states of an individual, confined and quarantined, which are reached when an individual presents COVID-19 symptoms or has undergone a virus test with a positive result. The model also accounts for the interaction dynamics of players, considering three different sources of infection: the player social circle, the contact with his/her team colleagues during training sessions, and the interaction with rivals during a match. Our results highlight the influence of the days between matches, the frequency of virus tests and their sensitivity on the number of players infected at the end of the season. Following our findings, we finally present a variety of strategies to minimize the probability that COVID-19 propagates in case the season of La Liga was re-started after the current lockdown.
  • Return to elite football after the COVID-19 lockdown, Magni Mohr,George P. Nassis,Joao Brito, et al, Managing Sport and Leisure, (18 May 2020). The present article presents views on fitness training, physical preparation and recovery during these uncommon conditions, and how elite football players can return to the competitive field well-prepared for post-crisis football endeavours around the world. Due to the multifaceted physiological demands in elite football, the long recovery requirements after match-play and an upcoming reality with many games within a short period, elite football players, managers and clubs may face extraordinary challenges associated with return to play under the current circumstances.
  • Return to training and competition after COVID-19 in professional football, Luis Casais-Martinez, Zosimo Sanroman-Cortes, Moises Del Hoyo-Lora, Sport Performance and Science Reports, (9 June 2020). If the COVID-19 pandemic situation improves quickly and governance permit to restart sports events, an appropriate sport-specific conditioning should be granted considering three key points: (i) the effects of possible asymmetrical detraining leading to modification of ligament, muscle and tendon properties; (ii) training load after inactivity periods and (iii) density of matches, which will necessarily be increased after break period to be able to finish the football competitions. This manuscript provides specific recommendations to the resumption of training.  

Resources

Gridiron Australia

  • COVID – 19 Update – Return to Play Guidelines, (23 May 2020). Utilising the AIS Rebooting Sport Framework in conjunction with the guidance from state and federal governments GA is supporting the commencement of football-related activities guided by the requirements of each state in regards to building towards a full-contact season.

Resources

Gymnastics Australia

  • Rebooting Gymnastics. This section of our website is dedicated to rebooting gymnastics; getting the 260,000 of our members back participating in the sport they love, safely and securely. The information below has been designed to provide clubs with the most up-to-date and relevant sources of information to make informed decisions. Any specific State/Territory government guidelines and regulations must be adhered to in the first instance. State and Territory Gymnastics Associations will provide clubs with further detail and specific guidance around specific state/territory government guidelines and regulations.
  • Gymnastics Australia National Guidelines - Return to training. This guide aims to give coaches and athletes of all levels, across all Gymsports, a framework to ensure that gymnasts return to training and competition safely and productively following the extensive period of lost training time. 
  • Fact sheet - Club surface and equipment cleaning guidelines. The information in this fact sheet has been taken from the WorkSafe Australia COVID-19 How to Clean and Disinfect Your Workplace guidelines. The gymnastics specific considerations have been provided by AMCO Gymnastics in consultation with Spieth.
  • Fact sheet - Training athletes at home. Many coaches and clubs have contacted us or our insurance brokers, Marsh to seek clarity on whether home-based programs would be covered under the National Risk Protection Program (NRPP).  We can confirm that home-based programs will be covered under the NRPP. This fact sheet provides you with some additional information and guidance on the types of programs you can provide to athletes. 

Gymnastics NSW

  • COVID-19 Hub. Includes links to media statements and resources relevant to Gymnastics NSW clubs and participants. 
  • Gymnastics NSW's Return to Sport Plan. The purpose of the Return to Gymnastics Plan is to: Provide guidance to gymnastics clubs in New South Wales on requirements for clubs to support a COVID safe workplace for training and participation; Establish regulations for the recommencement of competitions, courses, programs and high performance training; Provide government with an assurance that gymnastics is a reliable partner who is working to achieve the shared objective of a COVID safe community.

International

  • Position Statement: Physical and Mental Health Guidance for a Safe Re-Integration of Gymnastics after COVID-19 Restrictions from Training, USA Gymnastics, (2020). USA Gymnastics’ Athlete Health and Wellness Council, made up of medical and mental health professionals, program representatives and athlete representatives, has developed the following position statement to serve as a re-integration strategy for return to gymnastics training. The documents contained herein will provide you with important information on why a gradual return to gymnastics is important, how to manage that return for your athletes, as well as other health guidance. This content is specific to physical and mental health aspects associated with a return to gymnastics. You should consult with your coach and doctor to determine the return to gymnastics process that is best for you. This document does not address infectious disease principles involving COVID-19 and the opening of gymnastics facilities. 
  • Member Club Considerations for a Safe Re-Opening, USA Gymnastics, (18 May 2020). Like many businesses throughout the U.S., we know that member club owners are considering re-opening their doors soon and want to do so as safely as possible. To help with that, we have compiled some safety measures and tips to consider if and when the club re-opens.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources, USA Gymnastics. Resources and information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Resources

Hockey Australia

  • COVID Safety Support Hub. Welcome to the Hockey Australia COVID Safety Support Hub. Here you will find useful resources and links to information to help you safely Plan, Prepare, Respond, and Recover.

Hockey ACT

  • Return to Training 2020 Framework. The Guidelines will continue to evolve as updated direction is provided by relevant authorities, Hockey ACT will mark the date of when the document was last updated and version number in the footer of the document.  In the event there are changes which will have a material impact on your clubs guidelines or operations Hockey ACT will highlight these changes and distribute to members via our regular communication channels and with updates on the Hockey ACT website.

Hockey NSW

  • COVID-19 Resource Hub. Provides links to Communications, Return to play guidelines, documents, videos, and other resources to help clubs, coaches and participants successfully return to hockey.

Hockey SA

  • COVID-19 Updates and FAQs. This page will be continually updated as new information is presented. Provides information for players, clubs and additional resources. 

Hockey Tasmania

  • Return to Hockey Guidelines. As part of Stage One of the Tasmanian Government’s Roadmap to Recovery plan that eases restrictions put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic Hockey Tasmania has prepared guidelines for how players, coaches, teams and clubs can return to training from Monday 18 May 2020 onwards.

Hockey Victoria

  •  COVID-19 Information. This information will be updated regularly in accordance with any future government directives. Provides information for players, clubs and additional resources.
Hockey WA

  • COVID-19 Hub. Here you will find useful resources and links to information to help you safely Plan, Prepare, Respond, and Recover.

Reading

  • FIH announces Pro League restart details, Hockey Australia, (10 July 2020). The Hockeyroos and the Kookaburras are scheduled to resume their FIH Pro League 2020 campaigns in April 2021 after the revised fixture for the postponed global competition was announced. 

Resources

Judo Australia

  • Judo In Australia Community Stimulus MeasuresJudo Australia, (18 June 2020). The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a significant effect on the delivery of Judo in Australia and our entire community. In response to these challenging times, Judo Australia (JA) has developed a range of stimulus measures for our Member States and Individual Members to best support the community during this pandemic and as we start to emerge from the suspension of Judo activity nationally.  
  • Judo in Australia Return to Activity Guidance, Judo Australia, (14 May 2020). JA provides the following guidance to help ensure this return to activity occurs in a safe and healthy way and in full accordance with direction provided by relevant Government authorities. 
  • Advice and Support Available During COVID-19, (27 March 2020). These resources provide a summary of the support that will be accessible to the judo community over the coming months via various government agencies. The information provided may not be exhaustive, but is current as of the date of publication (25th March 2020). 

International Judo Federation

  • Recommended Protocols during Covid-19 Pandemic. The IJF Medical Commission we would like to provide your association members possible protocols under which the practice of judo may be resumed if strict hygienic measures and government regulations are kept.The aim of these guidelines is to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infection as much as possible at club level, as the danger cannot be completely eliminated without an effective and comprehensive Covid-19 testing or vaccination programme. These recommended protocols are dynamic, they may be revised according to WHO guidelines if necessary.

Resources

Motorcycling Australia

  • COVID-19 Toolkit. Motorcycling Australia is committed to keeping our riding community safe during the COVID-19 crisis.  

Resources

Motorsport Australia

  • Return to Race. Motorsport Australia has created resources, available to clubs, officials and participants, to enable the gradual and safe return of motorsport.

Resources

Mountain Bike Australia

  • COVID-19 Updates and Resources. Links to latest information and resources from various government agencies are listed below.   MTBA will update this page as quickly as possible with information relevant to grassroots sport and members. However, we encourage you to keep abreast of the issue yourself and subscribe to relevant updates from reputable sources.
  • Position Statement on International Activities (24 July 2020). In response to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) wish to make public its current position on its international competition activities. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) currently advise there is a ban on overseas travel from Australia. Australian citizens cannot leave Australia without an exemption from DFAT. As such, MTBA will not be conducting any national team campaigns or projects due to take place outside of Australia before 1 January 2021 with the following possible exceptions: 1. MTBA’s position may be reconsidered for campaigns and projects in New Zealand in the case there is a government endorsed Trans-Tasman travel bubble and 2. MTBA’s position may be reconsidered for the 2020 UCI MTB World Championships, the 2020 MTB Marathon World Championships, and federation entries to the remaining 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Cups.

Resources

Netball Australia

  • Stop the Spread! [video], (27 March 2020). Covid 19 is spreading rapidly throughout the country. On average 1 person will pass it on to 3 people. Do your part to stop the spread and stay at home and social distance where necessary. 

Netball NSW

  • COVID-19 Information.Please find all information on a Return to Community Netball in a COVID-19 environment. These pages will continue to be updated as new information comes to hand.

Programs

  • Suncorp NetSetGO playground, Netball Australia. A brand-new way for your child to play all their favourite games, learn new skills, and have fun, all while staying safe and healthy at home.

Media statements

Articles

  • Netballers give up part-time work, study to keep season alive, Sarah Keoghan, Sydney Morning Herald, (21 July 2020). Super Netball players outside Queensland are having to give up part-time work, study and other commitments to keep the competition running, with the rejigged season set to hit youngsters financially. According to a recent survey of Super Netball players and training partners, about 50 per cent are studying with 40 per cent committed to casual or part-time work. Many players also have their own side-hustles, such as coaching or personal training.
  • International Netball Federation creates COVID-19 response fund, Liam Morgan, Inside the Games, (22 July 2020). The International Netball Federation (INF) has created a COVID-19 response fund for each region to address financial challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Membership fees for 2021 will be reduced by 50 per cent compared to 2020 for those organisations who have paid in full for this year as part of measures designed to alleviate the financial impact of the pandemic on the sport and its members.

Videos

  • Return to Sport [series], Australian Physiotherapy Association, YouTube, (June 2020). A series of videos looking aimed at assisting sport participants to safely return to playing basketball and netball.  

Resources

Rowing Australia

  • Rowing Australia Fact Sheet on Coronavirus. The NOVEL CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact our communities across Australia, however we are now seeing the Government beginning to ease restrictions, reflecting reduced case numbers and local transmission to varying degrees nationwide. 

World Rowing

  • Return to training : Advice for post-peak and post-pandemic periods.Please find below the latest recommendation from the FISA Sports Medicine Commission related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the return to training. These guidelines cannot replace the priority provisions of the state governments and the locally responsible health authorities, but serve as a rowing-specific technical contribution.
  • Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management: COVID19 Mass gathering risk assessment for sporting events, Medical Task Force and Advisory Group, (2020). This tool is intended to support you in the organisation of your event during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The same tool, processes and recommendations can be used in all cases of communicable disease outbreaks. Sports targeted by this tool include: cycling, nordic skiing, rowing, running, and triathlon. The tool’s output is a document that has the objective to practically assist you in making the right decisions to protect the local community, the event’s participants, the volunteers, workforce and staff involved. This tool does not include spectator management. The use of this tool will not guarantee that your event can take place but, based on information available through your local Public Health Authorities, should help you to: 
    • assess the risk of the event in quantitative and qualitative ways,
    • establish the community and the event’s preparedness for the risks of COVID-19,
    • clarify the steps to take to further mitigate and reduce the risk.

Rowing Canada Aviron

  • COVID-19 Updates. Links to a variety of resources including the RCA Risk Assessment and Mitigation Checklist Tool and Webinar recording: Return to Rowing Planning. 

Programs

  • Results of the 2020 Anzac Day Indoor Rowing Challenge, Rowing Australia/Rowing New Zealand, (26 April 2020). New Zealanders claimed the challenge this year, but the challenge’s purpose and yesterday’s efforts were first and foremost undertaken to honour our Anzac brothers and sisters – past and present. 
  • 17 Australians top Minute Challenge categories, Rowing Australia, (13 May 2020). Earlier this week the #MinuteChallenge wrapped up. The virtual event, run jointly between Rowing Australia, Rowing Canada Aviron, British Rowing and Rowing NZ saw 2,766 indoor rowing participants involved between 8 and 12 May. 
  • Rowing Australia announce Row to the Moon challenge alongside other National Federations, Rowing Australia, (19 May 2020). Following the huge success of the recent One Minute Challenge, Rowing Australia, Rowing Canada Aviron, British Rowing and Rowing NZ are today announcing the launch of the Row to the Moon challenge. The initiative invites indoor rowers worldwide to log their training metres on a bespoke online platform with the shared goal of accumulating, as one singular community, 384.4 million metres – the distance from Earth to the Moon.

Resources

National Rugby League

Media statements

  • NRL business structure, National Rugby League, (21 September 2020). The National Rugby League (NRL) today advised employees of plans to re-organise the business in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed restructure will result in a 25 per cent reduction in roles across all levels. Overall the NRL is targeting an annual reduction in all expenditure by $50m per annum. 

Resources

Rugby Australia

NSW Rugby Union

  • Return to Play: COVID-19. Includes latest news, advice and resources for clubs and players. 
  • NSW Rugby launch Positive Coaching Platform, Waratahs media (14 April 2020). NSW Rugby have today made their Positive Coaching Platform available to the public, with the intention of keeping the rugby community connected to the game during COVID-19. A range of coaching sessions, strength and conditioning and tactical tips will be available on the go, anytime courtesy of a newly designed smartphone app.
  • Workout With The Waratahs. Workout with the Waratahs at home with exercises from NSW Waratahs players! Choose from the list the type of workout you're looking for.

World Rugby

  • COVID 19 - Return To Play Guidelines. Website provides links to Guidelines, Templates, Models of good practice; Return to play awareness courses; and Guidelines for anti-doping testing during COVID-19 restrictions. 

Resources

Australian Sailing

  • COVID-19 Information Hub. Here you will find the most relevant links to information and support for clubs (tabs on the right) as well as an archive of our COVID-19 related news stories and updates (below). Please note that the updates were correct at the time of publishing, but as this is a constantly evolving situation we recommend you refer to the information sources on the right for the most up-to-date information.

Resources

Shooting Australia

  • COVID-19 Support. Shooting Australia has taken the proactive measure to establish the Australian Shooting COVID-19 Reference Group to assist Member Organisations, State and Territory bodies and Clubs through the current health crisis.
  • Lead the Way COVID-19. This time of isolation and Shooting Clubs being closed is allowing the time to look inside our sport to see what can be done to be ready for when shooting can re-open.  

Guidelines

Softball Australia

  • Returning to sport guidelines and softball, (8 May 2020). Following the announcement today from the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Scot Morrison MP, in which three steps to returning to a COVID-19 Safe Australia were outlined, Softball Australia would like to outline information relevant to our sport.

Media statements

  • All Victorian softball suspended 3rd August 2020, Softball Victoria, (3 August 2020). With the Premier’s announcement yesterday that regional Victoria will be returning to Stage 3 restrictions and the increased restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne, unfortunately this means that all softball will be suspended from 11:59pm, Wednesday 5 August across the State. Effectively, from this time all community softball will be suspended in Victoria indefinitely. 

Resources

  • #BackOnBase, Softball Australia, (21 August 2020). Softball Australia is pleased to announce a Community Club Grants Program with AU$60,000 in Grants available directly to softball Clubs across Australia. Applications will be accepted from Softball Australia affiliated Clubs only and must be submitted between 9:00am AEST Wednesday 26 August 2020 – 10:00pm AEST Wednesday 9 September 2020.

Resources

Squash Australia

  • COVID-19 Information Hub. Provides links to State Plans; updates from Squash Australia and other relevant State and Federal government departments. 
  • COVID-19 Back on Court Concept. In conjunction with the continued flattening of the COVID-19 curve, Squash Australia has created the following document in regard to the re-commencement of the sport, in line with federal government restrictions. It should be noted that this document merely provides guidelines around minimising the spread of the virus, while engaging in squash, and that all state and federal government restrictions are still to be adhered to above all else.

Resources

Surf Life Saving Australia

  • COVID-19. Updated information and resources that relates to COVID-19 and Surf Life Saving

Surf Life Saving NSW

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources for SLSNSW Clubs. SLSNSW is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our members. The contents of this page are being reviewed at least weekly and will include the latest information aligned to official sources including the Australian Government Department of Health, NSW Health and NSW Sport. 

Surf Life Saving NT

  • COVID-19. SLSNT latest updates, FAQs, Links and Resources. 
  • Club Support Package. The SLSNT Board is very aware of the impact COVID-19 has had on our surf clubs and our members, and in response has endorsed a one-off COVID - 19 Club Support Package. The package aims to help our clubs and members return to normal as quickly as possible so they can focus on providing a quality lifesaving service to the community. The Support Package covers a number of areas of our organisation and is valid from 1 June to 31 December 2020.  

Surf Life Saving QLD

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19). This page is being reviewed daily and will include the latest information for beachgoers and SLSQ members on any impact on Surf Life Saving operations. 

Surf Life Saving Tasmania

Life Saving Victoria

  • Health Alerts: COVID-19. The latest information, resources and links will be posted here to assist in providing Life Saving Victoria (LSV) members and stakeholders with the most relevant and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. 

Surf Life Saving Western Australia

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources. SLSWA is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our members and, with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency continuing to escalate, we feel it is important to provide as much information to you that is relevant in your role as lifesavers, emergency first responders and community members. 

Media statements

Resources

Swimming Australia

  • National Guidelines for restarting club environments. The following document has been developed to assist in the restarting of activity for swimming clubs across Australia. This information is designed to assist swimming club officials ad coaches and seeks to provide further information for operating as safely as possible.

Swimming NSW

  • COVID-19: SNSW advice. In recent weeks, there has been a gradual easing of restrictions put in place by the NSW Government in response to the state's success in managing the COVID-19 situation. As the situation evolves, Swimming NSW will continue to provide relevant updates through this dedicated page.

Reading

  • Message from ASCTA CEO Brendon Ward, Swim Australia, (March 2020). The article focuses on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic crisis on swimming schools, including the impact of cancelled competitions in Australia. Ideas for working with organisations to develop and advocate for swimming pools and learn to swim facilities to be maintained during the close down period and re-opened efficiently and the role of swimming facilities for community and individual wellbeing post COVID-19 are also highlighted.
  • The Race to Tokyo Starts Again Virtually, Swimming Australia, (20 July 2020). Using the one-year-to-go mark until the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, this coming Thursday will not only be a celebration of all things Olympic by the wider sporting community but will be the first chance our elite swimmers have to fire up their competitive juices since they re-set their preparations for Tokyo. Virtually lodged, swimmers will be competing in time trials across four distances, in any stroke, in a short course format. Swimming off in 25m, 75m, 150m and 300m, athletes will use the variety to their advantage and push themselves in multiple events during, their first shot at competitive racing since the early months of this year.
  • FINA announces funding package of more than $6 million for Tokyo 2020 athletes, Dan Palmer, Inside the Games, (21 July 2020). The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced a COVID-19 funding package of more than $6 million (£4.7 million/€5.2 million) for athletes due to compete at the re-arranged Tokyo 2020 Olympics next year. 

Resources

Table Tennis Australia

  • Return to Sport from COVID-19. Table Tennis Australia (TTA) is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our Table Tennis community. As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to develop, TTA will provide you with the latest information and resources including the various support services available and Table Tennis specific updates. 
  • Table Tennis Corporate Cup: COVID-19 Information. The Covid-19 Pandemic means we have to be mindful when we are participating in activities with others. Please follow our 'at my workplace' and 'at Corporate Cup events' guides here.
  • Cancellation Notification - 2020 National Championships, (17 August 2020). TTA regrets to inform that all 2020 National Championships, scheduled for November/December in Traralgon, have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidelines

Resources

Tennis Australia

  • The Court is Calling. With ongoing advice from senior authorities and government and health, our team has pulled together a pack of information to help guide various sectors of our sport down the road to recovery. Includes Return to Play; Practical advice and information for community tennis, coaches, clubs and associations, tournaments and competitions; and, additional resources.

International Tennis Federation (ITF)

  • ITF World Tennis Tour returns with new COVID-19 protocols (17 August 2020). In order to support a safe return to international tennis tournaments, the ITF has published protocols for all tournament hosts and participants to mitigate the risk of exposure to, and spread of, COVID-19.

Reading

Resources

Tenpin Bowling Australia

  • COVID-19 Hub. Information on When can I bowl? Updates from TBA, Education and Resources, Modified rules, and more. 

Resources

Touch Football Australia

  • Resources for a Safe Return to Touch Football. This web hub provides all the COVID-19 guidelines and collateral that competition administrators, players, coaches, parents, spectators and Referees need for a safe return to Touch Football. While timelines will vary from state to state, the following protocols and guidelines serve as a minimum baseline to be adhered to at all times in order to keep all  members of the Touch Football community safe and align with State, Territory and Federal Government legislation.

Resources

Triathlon Australia

  • COVID-19 Return to Sport. Links to state bodies and the most recent version of the 'National Guidelines for the Resumption of Triathlon'. 

Triathlon ACT

Triathlon ACT Safe Return To Triathlon Training Guidelines. The information included in this document will be regularly updated as circumstances change and as the situation evolves. 

International

  • Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management: COVID19 Mass gathering risk assessment for sporting events, Medical Task Force and Advisory Group, (2020). This tool is intended to support you in the organisation of your event during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The same tool, processes and recommendations can be used in all cases of communicable disease outbreaks. Sports targeted by this tool include: cycling, nordic skiing, rowing, running, and triathlon. The tool’s output is a document that has the objective to practically assist you in making the right decisions to protect the local community, the event’s participants, the volunteers, workforce and staff involved. This tool does not include spectator management. The use of this tool will not guarantee that your event can take place but, based on information available through your local Public Health Authorities, should help you to: 
    • assess the risk of the event in quantitative and qualitative ways,
    • establish the community and the event’s preparedness for the risks of COVID-19,
    • clarify the steps to take to further mitigate and reduce the risk.

Resources

Volleyball Australia

  • Community Return to Play guidelines. Volleyball Australia has developed the following guidelines to assist the volleyball community return to activity in a cautious and methodical manner.

Volleyball NSW

  • COVID-19 Updates. Volleyball NSW is receiving information from all over the community in relation to COVID-19. To support everyone and create consistent and accurate messages, Volleyball NSW will be using the following websites and departments to make decisions on with regards to COVID-19 and Volleyball NSW activities.

FIVB

  • FIVB published return to volleyball and beach volleyball guidelines (7 August 2020). The guidelines, though not intended to replace local public health guidance, are an extensive set of best practice health and safety measures. These measures are designed to inform, guide and assist the global Volleyball Family in mitigating the risk to all participants in the planning and delivery of volleyball and beach volleyball events amid COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus resources and information for the FIVB family. We have created this dedicated webpage to inform, advise and educate. 
  • FIVB Athletes' Relief Fund. Established to aid professional volleyball and beach volleyball players that are unable to afford the basic necessities and are in need of short-term support, this initiative will allow players to apply for support via an application process. Applications closed 23 June 2020. 


Resources

Water Polo Australia

  • COVID-19 Updates. Information from Water Polo Australia as well as international, national, and state organisations. 

Water Polo NSW

Water Polo Western Australia

Resources

Snow Australia

International

  • Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management: COVID19 Mass gathering risk assessment for sporting events, Medical Task Force and Advisory Group, (2020). This tool is intended to support you in the organisation of your event during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The same tool, processes and recommendations can be used in all cases of communicable disease outbreaks. Sports targeted by this tool include: cycling, nordic skiing, rowing, running, and triathlon. The tool’s output is a document that has the objective to practically assist you in making the right decisions to protect the local community, the event’s participants, the volunteers, workforce and staff involved. This tool does not include spectator management. The use of this tool will not guarantee that your event can take place but, based on information available through your local Public Health Authorities, should help you to: 
    • assess the risk of the event in quantitative and qualitative ways,
    • establish the community and the event’s preparedness for the risks of COVID-19,
    • clarify the steps to take to further mitigate and reduce the risk.

Media Statements

Research

Resources

  • Athletes share home workout ideas with Olympic Channel. Being stuck indoors due to the Coronavirus outbreak means you need a bit of imagination to keep fit. Here are some ideas to help stay in shape wherever you are.
  • HEALTHYTogether campaign. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the IOC are teaming up with the United Nations to encourage individuals and communities around the world to be #HEALTHYTogether. The three partners and Olympic athletes will spotlight the collective effort and global collaboration needed to stay healthy and reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.

Resources

  • Information for Para athletes and IPC members on COVID-19, (10 June 2020). As we have noticed a decline in the amount of information, we can practically share regards COVID-19, we will be changing the frequency of this update to every second week
    • See the News page of the website for the latest Information for Para athletes and IPC members on COVID-19.  
  • COVID-19 ad return to sport, (August 2020). In an effort to gather and share best practices and resources, the IPC has created this resource of relevant COVID-19 information and return to sport guidelines. We hope this information will guide Para athletes, support staff, NPCs  and IFs on how one can minimise the risk of the pandemic and return to sport.

Resources

  • COVID-19 Updates. The World Anti-Doping Agency is actively responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as it relates to the Global Anti-Doping Program. Below will capture all of our updates and resources for athletes and other members of the anti-doping community during, what is, a rapidly evolving situation. Athletes are also encouraged to follow updates by the International Olympic Committee on its dedicated section within Athlete 365. For general updates related to COVID-19, we would refer all to the World Health Organization.

Media statements

  • New WADA Strategic Testing Expert Group reviews the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to be ready for future similar crises, (9 September 2020). As the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) continues to provide leadership to the Clean Sport community during the COVID-19 pandemic, a multi-disciplinary testing expert group has been formed to identify lessons that can be learned from this unprecedented time and ensure the global anti-doping community can respond effectively to potential similar public health crises in the future. As part of the review, WADA sent a survey to ADOs seeking the latest information on their testing programs, in order to build a global picture.

Impact of COVID-19

A number of research groups/projects have commenced investigating the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity and wellbeing. However, there is currently a limited amount of robust data and analysis available. This section identifies emerging research relevant to the sport and active recreation sector.

Registry of Australian Social Research on COVID-19

  • Google doc. This is an open access registry. Provides basic information about some research projects relating to the impact of COVID-19 on various aspects of communities and individuals. 

Ausdance 

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

  • Measuring the impacts of COVID-19. We are releasing a range of new statistics to help us all understand the impacts of COVID-19. Find out more about the ABS response to COVID-19, including announcements by the Australian Statistician, Dr David Gruen. 
    • Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, 24-29 June 2020, (13 July 2020). The survey also asked respondents if they were participating more, less or the same in selected activities in late June compared with their usual participation before COVID-19 restrictions started in March. While three in five (60%) reported no change in their usual time spent on exercise or other physical activity, one in five (21%) spent more time and one in five (19%) spent less time. People aged 18-64 years were more likely than those aged 65 years and over to report an increase in physical activity (22% compared to 14%).
    • Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, 6-10 July 2020, (27 July 2020).This publication presents results from the eighth Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, a longitudinal survey which collects information from approximately 1,000 people fortnightly via telephone. This was the last of eight fortnightly cycles with the same panel and was conducted between 6 July and 10 July 2020. A monthly collection with a new panel is planned from August 2020.
    • Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, August 2020 (31 August 2020). This publication presents results from the first release from a new series of the Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey. This is the first of a monthly cycle, conducted throughout Australia between 7 August and 17 August 2020, of the Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey. According to the results less than 25% of people who usually participate in playing/training for sports have participated. Even less have returned to gyms, boot camps or swimming. These figures excluded Victoria, which remains under stronger lockdown conditions, and therefore has even lower participation.  

Australian Institute of Family Studies

  • Life during COVID-19 survey. Ran from May 1 to June 9 2020 and had 7,306 participants from around Australia. It was the first survey in the Families in Australia Survey series. Our aim was to understand how Australian families coped with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest health, social and economic challenges in history (including how they protected their physical and mental health). 

Burnet Institute

  • Coping with COVID-19: Young people’s health and wellbeing in Australia. Although young people are underrepresented in morbidity and mortality directly related to COVID-19, there is compelling reason to believe that they will bear a large burden of the societal costs of the pandemic and related responses. It is therefore essential that we try to understand how COVID-19 has impacted on their lives, their health and behaviours. Surveys to be conducted at three-month intervals over the next 12 months with a planned end date of August 2021.

Deakin University

  • Our Life at Home: National survey to assess how Australians are coping without sport, Co-project leaders Dr Lauren Arundell, IPAN Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and Dr Kate Parker, Lecturer in Physical Activity, (5 May 2020). Researchers will measure levels of physical activity, screen time and general health and wellbeing, both during the pandemic and as our lives change once restrictions are eased. The survey, to involve volunteers aged 13 to 75, is being led by Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), with input from Sport and Recreation Victoria, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Department of Education, Sport Australia, VicSport, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the Heart Foundation. 
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Adjustment Survey (CPAS), Project lead: Dr Elizabeth Westrupp, clinical psychologist and senior lecturer at Deakin’s Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED). A longitudinal research study investigating how Australian families are being affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The study aims to investigate the week-by-week impacts of social distancing and other measures introduced to control the spread of COVID-19. We know there are risks for those families living with chronic stress and social isolation. This study will aim to provide timely information and tools for successful clinical and public health interventions to support families during and after the pandemic.

Fitbit

Latrobe University

  • Participant Information Statement and Consent Form, contacts: Dr Jayden Hunter from La Trobe University and Dr Rebecca Meiring from the University of Auckland. You are invited to participate in a survey to investigate physical activity behaviours during and after the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, and how these might be related to work productivity and sleep patterns. 

Life after Lockdown Survey 

  • Australia's Life after lockdown survey: the most interesting results so far, Nick Evershed, The Guardian, (17 June 2020). In Australia, we’re running the Life after lockdown survey, which includes national polling across 22 different questions, to see what people think about how society might – or should – change. One question relates to Partaking in regular physical exercise: Response when asked: Thinking about the future, when the coronavirus crisis is over and restrictions have been eased, how more or less frequently will you engage in the following activities? A lot more than before the coronavirus crisis began (13%); Somewhat more than before (21%); About the same as before (48%); Somewhat less than before (6.5%); A lot less than before (3.5%); Not relevant (7%). 

Macquarie University

  • Co-SPACE Australia study. This study is being run by: Dr Gemma Sicouri and Professor Jennie Hudson (Centre for Emotional Health, Department of Psychology), Professor Liz Pellicano, Dr Jac den Houting, and Simon Brett  (Macquarie School of Education), Associate Professor Iliana Magiati (University of Western Australia) and Professor Patricia Howlin (Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London). It will tell us how Australian families are coping during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and what parents can do to help support their children’s mental health. We hope this will help us to understand the needs of families at this time. We will share the findings to help others to provide the right support. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Co-SPACE UK study led by the University of Oxford.

Monash University

  • Living with COVID-19 Restrictions in Australia. This study does not directly investigate physical activity behaviours but does provide information about some of the mental health impacts of the pandemic in Australians. Almost 14,000 responses to the first survey were recorded from people aged from 18 to 90 years. They came from all Australian states and territories and from rural and urban areas. The survey found a widespread increase in psychological symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and irritability that people attributed to the COVID-19 restrictions. People experiencing the worst symptoms were more likely to have lost their jobs, be caring for children or other dependent family members, or to be living alone or in an area with fewer resources. Nevertheless, on average people were more optimistic than pessimistic about the future and many described good things that had happened to them because of the restrictions.
  • The Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) project. Aims to provide current and future policy makers with actionable insights into public attitudes and behaviours relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Australians fail to meet physical activity guidelines during pandemic (10 July 2020). In April this year, 70 per cent of the 1,084 adults surveyed did not meet the aerobic components of the Australian Government physical activity guidelines and 60 per cent did not meet the strength components. 
    • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic: An Australian population study, Breanne Kunstler, Peter Slattery, Emily Grundy, et al, OSF Preprints, (29 June 2020). Compared to previous studies and national data, the percentage of Australian adults meeting the strength component of the guidelines increased while the percentage meeting the aerobic and sedentary time components decreased. The reduction in activity and increase in sedentary time could be due to the enforcement of home confinement restrictions. It is important to provide opportunities for people to maintain activity during pandemics to avoid poor health outcomes.

ORIMA

  • COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Research. Because of the very large number of surveys of the Australian community and employee groups we conduct for government, when Australia started to be significantly affected we quickly realised ORIMA has a distinct way we can contribute to the evidence-base and data available.  The particular way we saw to best contribute was to create a data collection toolkit that can be included in existing and new surveys to collect common data, from which we can triangulate a multi-faceted view of the Australian community. Tools include: COVID-19 Recovery Tracker (CRT); Employee Pulse; and, NGO Workforce Response Omnibus. 

Queensland Government

  • Impact of COVID-19 as at August 2020. In May and June, the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) carried out a survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on community sport across Australia. Since that time clubs and organisations in Queensland have returned to play and may be now experiencing similar or different impacts from COVID-19 .  To assist in identifying and measuring these changing/emerging impact, Sport and Recreation, in partnership with key industry organisations, has modified the ASF survey and would appreciate your club/organisation completing it. The survey will remain open for 7 days and will close on midnight 25 August 2020.

Swinburne University

University of Melbourne

University of Queensland

  • Understanding the Social Impacts of COVID-19. The purpose of this study is to understand some of the social impacts of COVID-19 on individuals and families in order to help direct resources and policies to where they are needed the most. In particular, the study focuses on the impacts of COVID-19 on families, including work and care situations, and how these situations have evolved and changed since the outbreak of the virus. This will be important in helping us understand more about how individuals and families are managing and coping with this current pandemic.
    • COVID-19: Giving the Gift of Family Time, Sally Staton, Laetitia Coles, Zhaoxi Zheng, Karen Thorpe, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, (9 June 2020). Initial report addressing some of the challenges and positives that children experienced during COVID-19 lockdown. 
  • Family Impact of COVID-19. The Early Cognitive Development Centre (ECDC) in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Centre for Family Research, UK are looking for caregivers with children aged between 4 and 7 years to participate in an international survey. The aim of the survey is to document the links between family and community factors and the pandemic experiences of families with young children. Through the UK’s collaborative links, they will be recruiting not only in the UK but also in Italy, Sweden, China, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada (and possibly beyond). 
  • Impact of Coronavirus on mental health. UQ is seeking advice from members of the public via a 10-minute online survey, together with OsloMet University of Norway, the University of Michigan in the USA and the University of Salford in UK.
  • Helping others during the coronavirus pandemic. UQ researchers are looking for participants to complete an online survey about how they have or are currently helping their community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This could be by donating (e.g., blood, plasma), or volunteering (e.g., for an organisation, or helping a neighbour), or how willing you are to help in these ways.

University of Sunshine Coast

  • Effect of Coronavirus Restrictions on Physical Activity, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Lead Australian researchers: Dr Daniel Wadsworth, Dr Mia Schaumberg and Associate Professor Chris Askew. Health science experts from USC have been chosen to lead the Australian arm of a study into how physical activity levels have been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.The collaborative international study will canvass how the changes may have affected people’s mental health and overall wellbeing in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia.

Victoria University

  • Researchers explore importance of sport during lockdown, Project leads: Professors Rochelle Eime and Hans Westerbeek. Researchers are examining the activity levels of Australians aged over 13 who normally play community sport – including AFL, bowls, cricket, golf, sailing, swimming, soccer and tennis – before, during and after self-isolation restrictions are removed. The researchers will also survey participants to see how their general health and wellbeing is affected when they are not involved in sport, and again, once they return to sport. The researchers will also survey people not involved in organised sport for comparison.

Other resources

  • Coronavirus and sport - science and practice, SPONET, Institut für Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft (IAT). Topic portal, providing a growing database of international literature covering the topic of sport and COVID-19. Accompanying sports illustrations provided by children 3 to 11 years. 
  • Gendered impact of COVID-19, Australian Government, Workplace Gender Equality Agency. As research evolves on the impacts of COVID-19, the Agency will provide a monthly update on new and emerging data.
  • Research on the mental health impact of COVID-19, Transcultural Mental Health Centre, (accessed 3 July 2020). As the COVID-19 continues to impact on our lives, it is important that we better understand the effects of the pandemic on mental health. Researchers are now conducting studies that look into how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting on our mental health and wellbeing. We will list these studies on this page and would encourage you, if eligible, to participate in the research.
  • Research Tracker and Facilitator for Assessment of COVID-19 Experiences and Mental Health, (accessed 3 July 2020). A research tracking and facilitation initiative led by Professor Maree Teesson, Associate Professor Cath Chapman, Associate Professor Tim Slade and Dr Matthew Sunderland at The Matilda Centre, the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Prevention and Early Intervention of Mental Illness and Substance Use (PREMISE) at The University of Sydney and Professor Phil Batterham at the Australian National University. The aim is to track and share research being undertaken on COVID-19 and mental health by Australian researchers. Participants are researchers at the Matilda Centre, our PREMISE partnering institutions and other collaborators. We are interested in research you may be undertaking with your existing cohorts, as well as new research you may be planning or conducting. This is a targeted project to help facilitate collaboration among our major research groups.   

Media Statements

  • Australia risks losing one third of its community sports clubs from COVID-19 in 2020Australian Sports Foundation, (11 June 2020). In May, the Australian Sports Foundation opened a survey to collect detailed information on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected community sports clubs, its participants, and its volunteers. The data collected covers 125 different sports across every Australian state and territory, with extensive representation from remote and regional areas. The survey results have shown that community clubs are at a crisis point, and we are calling on all who care about community health, and who see sport as part of the fabric of Australian life, to join us in our campaign to help community clubs survive.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Australian businesses - part oneAustralian Department of Education, Skills and Employment, (21 April 2020). The first instalment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses report is based on a telephone survey of more than 250 businesses between 27 March and 3 April 2020. The results show that the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the majority of businesses with the demand for their goods and services and cash flow considerably reduced. Consequently, many businesses reported they have reduced staff hours or let staff go.
  • One in three participants have not returned, Sport West, (8 July 2020). A survey by SportWest, the peak industry body for sport in Western Australia, has revealed that registrations across sports (junior and senior) are down by 29% compared with the same time last year. More than 65 per cent of State Sporting Associations that responded to the survey attributed the reduction in player numbers to the direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown of sport. Nearly 35 per cent of respondents said affordability was the main driver for lower registrations, suggesting the economic impact of COVID-19 on households was having a flow on effect on community sport.

Articles

  • 8500 sport cancellations threaten $1.1 billion annual spend, Insurance News, (15 June 2020). Sport event organisers are warning COVID-19 is leaving a $1.1 billion hole in Australia’s economy after the cancellation of 8500 mass participation events.
  • An Ultrarunner Describes Her COVID-19 Recovery Struggle, Erin Strout, Women's Running, (3 August 2020). Lauren Wilke contracted the new coronavirus early in March. Almost five months later, she still can’t run. 
  • Australia's Life after lockdown survey: the most interesting results so far, Nick Evershed, The Guardian, (17 June 2020). In Australia, we’re running the Life after lockdown survey, which includes national polling across 22 different questions, to see what people think about how society might – or should – change. One question relates to Partaking in regular physical exercise: Response when asked: Thinking about the future, when the coronavirus crisis is over and restrictions have been eased, how more or less frequently will you engage in the following activities? A lot more than before the coronavirus crisis began (13%); Somewhat more than before (21%); About the same as before (48%); Somewhat less than before (6.5%); A lot less than before (3.5%); Not relevant (7%). 
  • COVID19 — Moving forward, Gordon S.Waddington op-ed, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 23(7), p.633, (July 2020). The July 2020 issue provides an authorative, evidence based framework for the sports medicine team working with athletes working in the new normal of the COVID19 environment. 
  • Special Issue: COVID-19 and the impact on Sport, Sport Health, Volume 37(4), (2020). Various articles discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian sport sector, from impact on community behaviour to elite athletes and professional competitions. 
  • COVID-19 pandemic a boon for surf industry as many Australians find refuge in the ocean, Hannah Ross, ABC North Coast, (1 August 2020). Sales in some categories of surfboards leap by over 3,000 per cent in May. Retail data suggests stimulus payments were spent on surf equipment. Australians find refuge from the pandemic in surfing. 
  • COVID-19 and its impact on business, Sydney Business Insights, (accessed 7 July 2020). General updates and stories relating to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on business, the economy, industry, and society in Australia. The COVID Business Impact Dashboard will be a “living initiative” which will constantly update and adapt its insights and resources.
  • Grassroots sports face new tests,  Professors Rochelle Eime and Hans Westerbeek, Victoria University, (29 June 2020). In an opinion piece published in The Herald Sun on Friday 26 June, Professors Rochelle Eime and Hans Westerbeek call for an urgent return to community sport.
  • Has COVID-19 boosted interest in physical activity? University of Sydney, (2 July 2020). According to an analysis of Google Trends data led by researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre online interest in exercise has been at an all-time high during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Heart condition linked with COVID-19 fuels Power 5 concern about season's viability, Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach, ESPN, (11 August 2020). Myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, has been found in at least five Big Ten Conference athletes and among several other athletes in other conferences, according to two sources with knowledge of athletes' medical care.
  • How coronavirus and finances affect elite British sportswomen, Sonia Oxley, BBC Sport, (12 August 2020). According to a BBC survey of elite British sportswomen, 86% earn less than £30,000 from their sport - with 60% earning less than £10,000, meaning many are holding down 'normal' jobs to fund their training and competition. One in five believe they may have to give up their sport because of the global health crisis. Add in reduced training, sponsorship cuts, cancelled competitions and rising travel costs, it is not hard to see why 82% of the 537 athletes said they have concerns about the impact of coronavirus on women's sport. Includes personal stories from some of the interviewed athletes. 
  • The impact of COVID-19 on Not-For-Profits with a December year-end, Anthony Whyte, BDO Australia, (3 April 2020). With the current COVID-19 health crisis significantly impacting not-for-profits, there are several important considerations for the year-end process that charities and not-for-profits must pay particular attention to. As such, this article details these issues and provides advice on actions charities and not-for-profits can take to prepare themselves.   
  • The Impact of the Global Pandemic on Human Activity: Part III, Garmin, (15 May 2020). Years from now when we look back at this pandemic, we will remember April as the month the coronavirus extended its debilitating reach to nearly every country, culture and community on Earth. While the ways in which it has affected our daily lives are many, we at Garmin have considered it our duty to analyze and report on the impact it’s having on human activity. Current headline statistics: Total worldwide steps decreased by 12% in April 2020; Worldwide steps from just workout activities increased by 24%; More people are exercising, but in different ways, to make up for the coronavirus’ suppression of normal daily movement. 
  • Is the COVID-19 lockdown nudging people to be more active: a big data analysis, Ding Ding, Borja del Pozo Cruz, Mark A Green, Adrian E Bauman, British Journal of Sports Medicine, (30 June 2020). An area of life significantly impacted by COVID-19 lockdown is physical activity. Closure of gyms and restrictions on ‘non-essential’ travel may lead to declines in overall physical activity. Conversely, changing circumstances may interrupt ‘automatic’ behavioural patterns through ‘habit discontinuity’ leading to formation of new health habits, as demonstrated by previous research on residential relocation. Here, we used Google Trends (GT) data to explore community interest in physical activity before and during COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia, the UK and the USA. We extracted GT data of nation-level online queries for the topic ‘exercise’, which included all related search terms sharing the same concept, such as ‘workouts’ and ‘fitness training’. In all three countries, community interest in exercise surged immediately following the lockdown, peaked within the first 2 weeks, then declined but remained at a higher level than before the lockdown. A similar pattern was observed for more specific searches targeting the topic ‘high-intensity interval training’ and search terms on ‘home-based exercise’. In fact, population-level interest in exercise in April 2020 was at an all-time high since GT records began in January 2004. It is important to acknowledge that the observed surge in community interest in exercise may not translate into behavioural change as we do not have the information on who participated in physical activity following online searching; nonetheless, Google searches represent community-level intention, information seeking and preparation, important precursors of behavioural change.
  • Major sporting events to bear scars of Covid-19 pandemic “for a decade”, Adam Nelson, SportBusiness, (29 June 2020). Major events have important role to play in cities’ post-pandemic recovery strategies. In the medium-term, events industry may suffer from instability and knock-on effects of Covid-19, but radical change not expected. Public health likely to become an increasing justification for hosting events.
  • More screen time, snacking and chores: a snapshot of how everyday life changed during the first coronavirus lockdown, Deborah Lupton, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Centre, UNSW, The Conversation, (3 August 2020). When it came to physical health and exercise, though, just one in four people had increased their level of physical activity during lockdown, while one in five had actually spent less time exercising. 
  • New study explores the world's new-found love of running, asics, (9 June 2020). Amidst the isolation of lockdown, the world has fallen in love with running – that is, according to the findings of a new, ongoing research study by ASICS. More importantly, the research shows nearly three quarters of runners around the world plan to stick with their new exercise routine. 79% of runners say running is currently helping them feel saner and more in control; 65% say its mental benefits outweigh any other form of physical exercise; and, 73% of runners want to keep running as much as they are now after this pandemic ends. 
  • Pandemic decimates grassroots sport, as one in 10 teen girls drop out, Caitlin Fitzsimmons, Sydney Morning Herald, (2 August 2020). Many teenage girls who played sport before the coronavirus pandemic are not returning this season and experts warn they might drop out permanently. A survey of 1000 girls aged 11 to 17 found 30 per cent of girls in NSW had lost interest in participating in team sport. The research was commissioned by Suncorp, a sponsor of netball, and did not cover boys.
  • Physical activity, health and well-being in an imposed social distanced world, A. G. Papaioannou, R. J. Schinke , Y. K. Chang, et al, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Volume 18(4), pp.414-419, (May 2020). Social distancing protects us from the virus, but it’s impact on sport participation and psychological wellbeing (WB) is deleterious. The pandemic effects on Olympic and professional athletes have been described in previous Editorials of this journal (Schinke et al., 2020). Herein, we will focus on Physical Activity (PA) and WB. We invite readers to consider the challenges for the following populations and to consider new ways of supporting these groups. It is also interesting and important to consider new lines of research investigating the possible effects of the pandemic on PA and WB of these populations.
  • Physical activity down, screen time up: Study shows pandemic's impact on Quebec teens, CBC News, (1 August 2020). More than half of adolescents aged 14 to 17 say they have been less active.
  • Promoting healthy movement behaviours among children during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hongyan Guan,a Anthony D Okely,b Nicolas Aguilar-Farias, et al, Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, Volume 4(6), pp.416-418, (29 April 2020). Based on the evidence presented, we outline our recommendations for promoting healthy movement behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic. We acknowledge that many parents are juggling reduced income, food insecurity, and working from home while supervising their children's daily schooling, so movement behaviours might not be a priority. However, we believe that the pandemic provides an opportunity to raise awareness of movement behaviour guidelines for chIldren and to promote their uptake across all areas of society.
  • Returning to Play…Better, Sydney Miller, SIRC, (16 September 2020). When the initial shock of the COVID-19 lockdown passed, the attention of our sector turned to contemplating what sport and physical activity would look like in an era of public health restrictions. The development and implementation of return to play plans, driven by a commitment to sport organizations’ members and the practicality of long-term sustainability, is a task perhaps without parallel. SIRC sat down (virtually, of course!) with four sport leaders to discuss their return to play approach and key learnings to date. What emerged were five key themes focused on returning to play…better.
  • Sport psychology services to professional athletes: working through COVID-19, Robert Schinke, Athanasios Papaioannou, Charles Maher, et al, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Volume 18(4), pp.409-413, (May 2020). The contributors consider their recent and current approaches in active work with professional sport clients, following a sequence: (a) once professional sporting events stopped, (b) current approaches in their work with professional athletes, and (c) a brief, broader reflection. What we hope the reader will find is that both temporal stages and the final conclusion indicate growth opportunities for consultants and professional sport clients, alike. 
  • Sports Health During the SARS-Cov-2 Pandemic, Toomas Timpka, Sports Health, Volume 50, pp.1413-1416, (2 May 2020). Sports organisations must adopt pandemic strategies that are unmistakeably communicated to their memberships. Temporary frameworks for sports practices should be developed that harmonise with prevailing social distancing and quarantine regulations. Sports medical researchers and practitioners should cooperate with sports organisations and public health agencies to build trust and resilience and safeguard sports participation at all levels.
  • Study: fitness 'must be included' in future pandemic planning, Tom Walker, Sports Management, (18 August 2020). A new study, which shows a decrease in physical activity due to COVID-19, offers insight into how crucial it is for exercise to be included in future pandemic guidelines.
  • Struggling grassroots sports club plunged into uncertainty, Peter Rolfe, Herald Sun, (2 August 2020). They may be from different codes and parts of town but grassroots sports clubs have common ground when it comes to feeling the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some warning “the real financial pain” still awaits them.
  • Team sport in a COVID-19 world – a catastrophe-in-waiting, or a disguised opportunity to evolve and contribute further to population health? Steffan A Griffin, Amy E Mendham, Peter Krustrup, et al, BJSM blog, (14 June 2020). While the impact of any changes on participation are unlikely to be felt (or able to be quantified) for some time, especially given the current landscape, efforts to embrace the views of important stakeholders should be seen as potentially hugely rewarding initiatives.
  • UFV study shows lower anxiety among those who were active outdoors during pandemic, Anne Russell, UFV Today, (1 June 2020). Canadians were still allowed to go outdoors for walking, running, and cycling activity, as well as pursuing indoor exercise in their homes. Results of their Life in Lockdown survey indicate that: 40.5% of previously inactive individuals became less active; 22.4% of active individuals became less active; 33% of inactive individuals became more active; 40.3% of active individuals became more active. Findings show that those who were less active in the early weeks of social isolation reported less enjoyment of life. For some, maintaining their physical activity was a challenge because of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
  • UK government ready to rescue up to eight sports facing financial black hole, Sean Ingle, Ben Fisher and Robert Kitson, The Guardian, (22 September 2020). Sport has been warned the pause in the return of crowds, which was announced by the government on Tuesday, could last throughout winter – and even until the start of April. The Rugby Football Union warned it would see a reduction in revenue of £122m and that rugby clubs at the heart of communities across England were “in danger of disappearing for ever”. The Premier League reiterated its warning football was losing £100m a month – and said “the football economy” is unsustainable without fans.
  • Walking study analyzes how people's fitness habits have changed throughout pandemic, Sanjay Maru, CBC News, (24 July 2020). From simply going out for more walks to using sand-filled bleach bottles as dumbbells, a study facilitated by a University of Windsor researcher shows people are finding more ways to stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, Woodruff has been tracking the physical activity habits of 135 adults who use fitness tracking devices such as a Fitbit or Apple Watch on a monthly basis. Through the study, she's been able to see how many steps those people have taken and how the pandemic has affected that.

Videos

  • COVID19 Series Video #4 - A Prof Matthew Burke discusses COVID-19 impacts on active travel, ASPActivity, YouTube, (21 July 2020). In this COVID-19 series video #4, Peter McCue from the NSW Office of Sport chats with Associate Professor Matthew Burke from the Cities Research Institute, Griffith University about the COVID-19 impacts on active travel. Dr Burke shares insights on: The importance of local design to encourage more walking and cycling; Tactical urbanism providing short-term opportunities to reclaim road space for active travel; E-bike usage is increasing globally for local trips and freight as well; Working from home is now a proven model; The best bang for buck for sustained change at the community level is for local councils to reduce speeds on local streets. 
  • Delly Carr: Athletes Are Not Ok, Good Shout, YouTube, (23 July 2020). Today should be day one of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Obviously, it’s not. We’re pretty bummed about it. As is Delly Carr and the subjects of his portrait series: Athletes Are Not OK. The worlds of sport and art are more tightly linked than you think. TTe newly released sportfolio is made up of 17 Australian athletes – male and female, including 2019 Australian Rowing Team members, and Tokyo 2020 hopefuls, Georgie Rowe, David Watts and Ben Gibson. Article from Rowing Australia also available.  

  • COVID-19 Impact on Behaviors across the 24-Hour Day in Children and Adolescents: Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Sleep, by Lauren C. Bates, Gabriel Zieff, Kathleen Stanford, et.al., children, Volume 7(9), (16 September 2020). Preliminary evidence reports significant decreases in physical activity, increases in sedentary behavior, and disrupted sleep schedules/sleep quality in children and adolescents. This commentary discusses the impact of COVID-19-related restrictions on behaviors across the 24-h day in children and adolescents. Furthermore, we suggest recommendations through the lens of a socio-ecological model to provide strategies for lasting behavior change to insure the health and well-being of children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Depression, Anxiety and Stress during COVID-19: Associations with Changes in Physical Activity, Sleep, Tobacco and Alcohol Use in Australian Adults, Robert Stanton, Quyen G. To, Saman Khalesi, et al, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, (7 June 2020). The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has enforced dramatic changes to daily living including economic and health impacts. Evidence for the impact of these changes on our physical and mental health and health behaviors is limited. We examined the associations between psychological distress and changes in selected health behaviors since the onset of COVID-19 in Australia. An online survey was distributed in April 2020 and included measures of depression, anxiety, stress, physical activity, sleep, alcohol intake and cigarette smoking. The survey was completed by 1491 adults (mean age 50.5 ± 14.9 years, 67% female). Negative change was reported for physical activity (48.9%), sleep (40.7%), alcohol (26.6%) and smoking (6.9%) since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Significantly higher scores in one or more psychological distress states were found for females, and those not in a relationship, in the lowest income category, aged 18–45 years, or with a chronic illness. Negative changes in physical activity, sleep, smoking and alcohol intake were associated with higher depression, anxiety and stress symptoms. 
  • Don’t Walk So Close to Me: Physical Distancing and Adult Physical Activity in Canada, Katie M. Di Sebastiano , Tala Chulak-Bozzer , Leigh M. Vanderloo, and Guy Faulkner, Frontiers in Psychology, (27 July 2020). Although MVPA returned to pre-pandemic levels, significant and sustained declines in incidental LPA and steps were observed. Attenuating the loss of incidental physical activity should be a public health priority in response to future pandemics or a second wave of a COVID-19 infection, as it may have significant long-term implications for the physical and mental health of Canadians.
  • Eating and exercise behaviors in eating disorders and the general population during the COVID ‐19 pandemic in Australia: Initial results from the COLLATE project, Andrea Phillipou  Denny Meyer  Erica Neill, et al, International Journal of Eating Disorders, (1 June 2020). This article aimed to characterize changes in eating and exercise behaviors in Australia following the official announcement of the COVID‐10 pandemic (i.e., data collected from April 1–4, 2020). The specific aims of the article were twofold: (1) to determine changes in eating and exercise behaviors among those with a history of an eating disorder; and (2) to identify changes in eating and exercise behaviors among the general population. In the eating disorders group, increased restricting, binge eating, purging, and exercise behaviors were found. In the general population, both increased restricting and binge eating behaviors were reported; however, respondents reported less exercise relative to before the pandemic.
  • The impact of isolation measures due to COVID-19 on energy intake and physical activity levels in Australian university students, Linda A Gallo, Tania F Gallo, Sophia L Young, Karen M Moritz, Lisa K Akison, medRxiv: preprint server for health sciences, (15 May 2020). In this observational study, we examined the effect of isolation measures, during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia (March/April), on diet (24-hour diet recall, ASA-24) and physical activity (Active Australia Survey) patterns among third-year biomedical students in Brisbane, Australia. Findings were compared to students enrolled in the same course in the previous two years. Results: In females, energy intake was ~20% greater in 2020 compared with 2018 and 2019, and the frequency of snacking and energy density of consumed snacks were also increased. In males, there was no difference in energy intake or snacking behaviour. Physical activity was impacted for both sexes, whereby fewer students undertook any walking activity and, of those that did, time spent doing so was less compared with 2018 and 2019. The proportion of students reporting any vigorous activity was not different for males or females but, among males who participated in this level of activity, the duration was less in 2020 compared with previous years. The proportion of male and female students achieving sufficient levels of activity, defined by at least 150 mins over at least 5 sessions, was ~30% less in 2020. Indeed, the majority of students reported as having undertaken less physical activity than usual.
  • Measuring sports performance with mobile applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, Julian Lim, Sport Performance and Science Reports, (29 June 2020). This article aims to share some insights into utilising mobile applications for a strength and conditioning coach looking to conduct remote testing and assessments. Mobile applications have the potential to transform remote performance testing for athletes, particularly for strength and conditioning coaches who face the constrain of meeting athletes in person. The various mobile applications have been scientifically validated to collect measures such as vertical jump performance and barbell velocity to assess power development and maximal strength qualities. Furthermore, with the integration of augmented reality in the development of emerging mobile applications, tests accuracy (ie. squat depth) and subject motivation (ie game format) may be standardised in both on-site and remote assessments; albeit future validity and reliability evaluations.
  • Nowhere to hide: The significant impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) measures on elite and semi-elite South African athletes, Lervasen Pillay, Dina C. Christa Janse van Rensburg, Audrey Jansen van Rensburg, et al, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 23(7), pp.670-679, (July 2020). A Google Forms survey was distributed to athletes from 15 sports in the final phase (last week of April 2020) of the level 5 lockdown period. The results indicate that COVID-19 had physical, nutritional and psychological consequences that may impact on the safe RTS and general health of athletes. Lost opportunities and uncertain financial and sporting futures may have significant effects on athletes and the sports industry. Government and sporting federations must support athletes and develop and implement guidelines to reduce the risk in a COVID-19 environment. 
  • The effects of COVID-19 pandemic on perceived stress and psychobiosocial states in Italian athletes, Selenia di FronsoORCID Icon,Sergio Costa,Cristina Montesano, et.al., International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, (6 August 2020). Italy was one of the most impacted countries by the COVID-19 crisis, with detrimental effects on the world of sports. In this exploratory study, we examined Italian athletes’ perceived stress and functional/dysfunctional psychobiosocial states during the COVID-19 crisis, comparing current assessment scores with data collected prior to the pandemic. Findings suggest that the COVID-19 crisis increased athletes’ perceived stress and dysfunctional psychobiosocial states, while decreased functional psychobiosocial states. Analysis of variance revealed significant differences by gender on perceived stress and both types of psychobiosocial states, as well as by competitive level on perceived stress and functional psychobiosocial states. Specifically, women reported higher perceived stress and dysfunctional psychobiosocial states scores than men, and lower functional psychobiosocial states scores. Elite/expert athletes reported lower perceived stress and higher functional psychobiosocial states scores than novice athletes. From a practical point of view, training regimens and healthy behaviours during pandemic crises should be introduced as standard habits for health and well-being. The application of specific well-being protocols for women and novice athletes should be encouraged.
  • Prevalence and correlates of physical activity in a sample of UK adults observing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith L, Jacob L, Butler L, et al, BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, (1 July 2020). Nine hundred and eleven UK adults (64.0% were women and 50.4% of the participants were aged 35–64 years) self-reported physical activity during COVID-19 social distancing. Findings must be interpreted in light of the study limitations but where previous studies have identified that approximately 58%–66% of the UK adult population meet physical activity guidelines, the present study found that this level was at 75% during social distancing. 
  • Youth sport and COVID-19: a potential generation lost. Murray Drummond, Sam Elliott, Claire Drummond, Ivanka Prichard, Emerald Open Research, (19 May 2020). This conceptual / study protocol paper provides important context around the role of sport in Australia where sport provides aspects of community agency through participation, organisation and volunteerism. It provides a descriptive analysis of how sport assists young people in developing physical and mental “fitness” through its community orientation. However, it also provides discussion around the potential of a “generation lost” to sport as a consequence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The conceptual nature of this paper means that the data collection underpinning this research has not yet been conducted. However, given that we have applied for human research ethics along with having accrued sporting clubs and organisations eager to be involved in the research, we are planning to roll out this research by mid 2020.
  • A wellbeing survey of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet database during the COVID-19 pandemic, Emily Brindal, CSIRO, (June 2020). A new study by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has found that weight and emotional wellbeing has suffered throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, with Australians also feeling concerned about how long it will take for life to return to "normal". The survey of nearly 4000 CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet online community members found that respondents are emerging from COVID-19 lockdown feeling their exercise (66 per cent), emotional wellbeing (41 per cent) and diet (36 per cent) had worsened to some degree, with two in five indicating they have gained weight during the outbreak.
  • Coronavirus and Sports: Effects on Fans and Sponsorships, Euromonitor International, (August 2020). This paper analyses the key short to mid-term challenges the sports world is facing and assesses how this industry can bounce back from the effects of the pandemic.Areas of focus include: the digital shift; the sponsorship landscape (primarily US/Europe); the future of live attendance; and, economic impact on fans. Registration of details required to download report. 
  • Coronavirus: the consumer impact, Global Web Index, (2020). The Coronavirus outbreak is having a very real impact on consumer behaviors, attitudes and perceptions. Our dedicated research into the effects worldwide is available for free, giving businesses the up-to-date information they need to stay ahead. Reports and other resources are being published regularly. May not be specific to sport but exercise changes/intentions post-lockdown are often included. 
  • COVID-19 Community Sector Impact Survey, Institute of Community Directors, (May 2020). Over two days in late April 2020, Our Community conducted an online survey of the not-for-profit sector. A total of 366 individuals responded. The survey was designed to help us understand what impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the Australian not-for-profit sector (particularly small-medium organisations), with a view to mobilising help for the sector during the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign (May 5 – 26, 2020).
    • Generosity Register will help tackle COVID 'threat to 230,000 groups', Institute of Community Directors, (15 May 2020). Seventy percent of Australia's sporting clubs, arts and cultural organisations, community groups, welfare services and youth services have described themselves as “threatened” by COVID in a new national survey released Friday May 15.
  • COVID-19 Related National Club Survey, Bowls Australia, (July 2020). In consultation with the State and Territory Associations, a COVID-19 related National Club Survey was drafted by a working group at Bowls Australia (June, 2020). A summary of the key findings obtained from this important survey can be viewed in the infographic.
  • Fitness Australia: COVID-19 Fitness Industry Impact Report, Fitness Australia, (April 2020). Fitness Australia has surveyed its members to ascertain the impact that COVID-19 and government restrictions has had on individual businesses, exercise professionals and the broader industry. 
  • Fitness Australia: Impact of extending the Jobkeeper Payment for the Fitness Industry, Fitness Australia, (July 2020). Without JobKeeper the report found more than 60% of businesses, sole traders and individuals reported they would remain viable for less than a month; and 86.8% for less than 3 months. The survey of more than 1,700 respondents represents more than 27% of the industry and included both businesses (including clubs, gyms and studios), and individuals (including sole traders, personal trainers and group fitness instructors) for a fair representation. Full report (PDF - 4.35MB)
  • The Early Impacts of COVID-19 on QORF Members: Analysis of structured interview questions (PDF), Donna Little, Way to Be, Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation, (15 May 2020). This report was developed to examine the current impacts of COVID-19 on members of the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF). The following research addresses concerns about the scope, scale and nature of impacts of COVID19 on those working in and for the outdoor sector. Based on answers to structured interview questions with 88 (54%) of QORF’s members, the findings reveal: 
    • 80% of QORF members have lost business resulting in staff needing to be stood down, work reduced hours, work from home, or rely on JobKeeper;
    • 18% have no work for their casual/ non-essential staff and have had to stand them all down;
    • 68% have already experienced major impacts on their revenue, with State Recreation Organisations (SRO’s), Activity and Tour Providers, and Campsite/ Conference Centres indicating the greatest impacts;
    • nearly 70% of respondents have a strong level of certainty their organisation would be operating in 6 months-time; and
    • only 60% rated a strong level of confidence they would still be operating in 12-months-time
  • Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19: Report no. 1: Early findings, Kelly Hand, Jennifer Baxter, Megan Carroll, Mikayla Budinski, Australian Institute of Family Studies, (July 2020). The Life during COVID-19 survey ran from May 1 to June 9 2020 and had 7,306 participants from around Australia. It was the first survey in the Families in Australia Survey series. Our aim was to understand how Australian families coped with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest health, social and economic challenges in history (including how they protected their physical and mental health). The findings in this report are drawn from our first analyses of the survey data. Later reports will add to, and expand on, these findings.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Community Sport: survey report July 2020, Australian Sports Foundation, (July 2020). The survey results show that community sports clubs are at a crisis point and thousands need urgent and co-ordinated financial support to survive. Key findings include:
    • Australia’s 70,000 Community sports clubs have lost an estimated aggregate $1.6bn to date due to COVID-19. For Small Local Clubs, the average amount lost to date is around $14,900, while for Larger Local Clubs, the average amount lost to date is just over $37,000;
    • The shutdown of community sport from March onwards has had a profound social impact on community sports participants, with a contemporaneous research study showing around 1 in 3 respondents reported worse physical and mental health compared to the year before;
    • Nearly 70% of Small Local Clubs forecast a decline in active participants and 43% project a decline in volunteers. At the same time, around a third of clubs project increased demand for community sport post lockdown, putting them under increased pressure they may be unable to meet due to financial constraints and lack of volunteers;
    • Overall the combination of reduced revenues and increased costs mean that one in four respondents feared for their club’s solvency – indicating over 16,000 community sports clubs nationally are thought to be at risk of closure; 
    • On average, Small Local Clubs require additional funding of around $12,600 per club, to assist them through the return to sport, and Large Local Clubs require around $26,800 per club.
  • The Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions on Children and Young People, Youth Sport Trust, (July 2020). This paper summarises key evidence relating to the impact of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on children and young people. With an ever-changing landscape, and a narrow window for data capture, this document is a rapid review of information, condensing the latest quantitative evidence from a range of external sources. Additionally, it references qualitative and low-sample research, aiming to build a rounded picture. This paper covers information published up to 6th July 2020 and is an update to an earlier paper with the same title (amended as new evidence is published).
  • Over a quarter of teen girls at risk of not returning to team sport, new research finds [Team Girls survey], Suncorp, (30 July 2020). The research, released ahead of the relaunch of the Suncorp Super Netball Season on Saturday 1 August, revealed one in four have simply lost interest, while more than half (60 per cent) reported ‘nothing can be done’ to make them look forward to participating in team sports again. The national survey of more than 1,000 Australian teenagers* conducted as part of the Suncorp Team Girls initiative, also revealed team sports was primarily replaced with ‘screen time’ (91 per cent) including 63 per cent spending more time on social media during social restrictions, and two-thirds (67 per cent) of Australian girls admitted to being less active during lockdown, compared to the same time last year. 
  • Physical Activity During COVID-19 Lock-Down: Insights into Australians' physical activity and fitness during the COVID-19 shut-down, Gemba Insights, (29 April 2020). Key physical activity insights include: Despite the visible signs of families cycling, walking and running through the suburbs, 44% of Australians are doing less physical activity now than before the Coronavirus lockdown; A quarter of Australians have taken up a new form of exercise during the lockdown, and many are embracing online fitness – especially women and under-30s; More than half of 18-29 year-olds are walking more now than they used to, and a third are running more; There is not an obvious correlation between increased physical activity and whether or not someone is finding the lockdown challenging for their mental health. 
  • Play in Lockdown: An international study of government and civil society responses to Covid-19 and their impact on children’s play and mobility, Tim Gill and Robyn Monro Miller, International Play Association, (24 August 2020). This report sets out the findings of a global study of the impact of measures prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic on the play and mobility of children. The aim of the study is to provide baseline information, to make international comparisons, and to gather emerging good practice on how these measures (which have significant adverse consequences for children’s health and wellbeing) can be mitigated. 
  • Rapid Scoping Review of Evidence of Outdoor Transmission of COVID-19, Professor Mike Weed & Dr Abby Foad, The Centre for Sport, Physical Education & Activity Research (spear) commissioned by parkrun, (September 2020). The review looked at evidence of incidents of outdoor transmission of COVID-19, including the settings, environment and circumstances of such transmission, as well as comparing the rates of transmission to those occurring indoors. The primary purpose of the review being to inform discussions about the re-commencement of outdoor activities. Whilst the review concluded that, in general, outdoor settings present lower risk of transmission than indoor settings, it also highlighted key evidence-based considerations relevant to event organisers; density, circulation, size and duration of the event. In addition to these factors, the review also highlighted the importance of considering risks outside of the events themselves, such as modes of transport, socialising at indoor venues, and overnight accommodation. 
  • Reflections on COVID-19 — In their own words, South Australian young people reflect on the impact of the coronavirus on their world and their futures, Connolly, H. Commissioner for Children and Young People, South Australia,(2020). As we move to develop a state response to the pandemic, we need to fully consider the complexities and disruptions the pandemic has had on this generation of young people. We need to include their ideas and opinions so that their hopes for what the ‘new normal’ might look like in a post-COVID-19 world resonates strongly with their ideas. As part of the report the author highlights that the loss of sport has been significant for many children. The protective aspects and value of sport and sporting clubs on the physical, emotional and mental health and well-being of children and young people is well understood, as is the general life-skill development participation in sport provides. 
  • Sport, Physical Activity, and Recreation (SPAR) survey results, Lethbridge Sport Council, (August 2020). The Lethbridge Sport Council conducted a survey looking into that, and to find out how active people in the community were before and during COVID-19 restrictions, around the time of the Stage 2 provincial relaunch and what participation could look like post-COVID. 
  • Staying Mentally Healthy: The Biggest Challenge Faced During The Covid-19 Pandemic, Athletes’ Survey Shows, (16 June 2020). A survey conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in May revealed that managing mental health and sports careers, as well as nutrition and diet, were the biggest challenges faced by athletes during the unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Athlete365 Survey Findings (June 2020). 

Articles

  • A Game Plan for the Resumption of Sport and Exercise After Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection, Dermot Phelan, Jonathan H. Kim, Eugene H. Chung, JAMA Cardiology, (13 May 2020). As public health policy begins to guide the resumption of recreational and competitive sport, clinicians are charged with determining when competitive athletes and highly active individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 and recovered are medically appropriate to return to play. There are limited data establishing the epidemiologic and clinical metrics required to facilitate this process. Specifically, the prevalence of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in the community, the prevalence of cardiac injury among nonhospitalized individuals with COVID-19, and long-term outcomes attributable to COVID-19 cardiac injury remain unknown. Recognizing these limitations, members of the American College of Cardiology’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council, with input from national leaders in sports cardiology, provide a consensus expert opinion clinical framework on return to play in the era of COVID-19.
  • The Australian Institute of Sport framework for rebooting sport in a COVID-19 environment, David Hughes, Richard Saw, Nirmala Kanthi Panagodage Perera, et al, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 23(7), pp.639-663, (July 2020). Sport makes an important contribution to the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of Australians. The economic contribution of sport is equivalent to 2–3% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on communities globally, leading to significant restrictions on all sectors of society, including sport. Resumption of sport can significantly contribute to the re-establishment of normality in Australian society.
  • In the frame, road map for Australian sport on an uncertain journey through COVID-19, David Hughes op-ed, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 23(7), pp.636-638, (July 2020). The AIS Framework provides evidence-based protocols and decision-pathways to assist sporting organisations and individuals. The future path to the safe return to sporting activity remains uncertain. Each step towards resumption of sport will be welcome and will deliver tangible benefits to society. We must ensure however that the inevitable excitement at the prospect of resumption of sport does not cloud judgement or endanger our communities.
  • Preventing infectious diseases outbreaks at exercise facilities, Shiho Amagasa, Masaki Machida, Ding Ding and Shigeru Inoue, Managing Sport and Leisure, (15 June 2020).  In Japan, in response to the COVID-19 clusters developed from the exercise facilities in the early phase of pandemic, the Fitness Industry Association of Japan released guidelines for gym managers, workers, and users in March. This commentary aims to introduce exercise facilities guidelines in Japan. This article provides reference for the rest of the world to reopen exercise facilities safely in the post pandemic period or to prevent future outbreaks of infectious disease.
  • The Psychological Implications of Returning to Sport Post-Isolation, Lori Dithurbide, CSC Atlantic and Amelie Soulard, INS Québec, SIRC blog, (8 July 2020). With the return to sport, athletes may move through three phases of emotional challenges: managing the emotions associated with losing their bearings; making sense of the situation and giving meaning to the necessary change; and mobilizing energy and efforts to adapt to the new reality. This blog will discuss each phase and the implications for athletes and coaches.
  • Recommendations for altitude training programming to preserve athletes’ health after COVID-19 pandemic, Giorgio Manferdelli, David John Bishop, Martino V Franchi, et al, British Journal of Sports Medicine, (12 June 2020). Low-to-moderate altitude (2000–2500 m) training camps are an integral part of many athletes’ training programmes. Despite potential positive effects on performance, sojourning at altitude represents an important stress on the human body with transiently increased pulmonary and kidney stress, neuroendocrine dysregulation and immune perturbations. This highlights the importance of the careful planning and organisation of altitude training camps, which may be even more critical during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Resurgence of sport in the wake of COVID-19: cardiac considerations in competitive athletes, Aaron Baggish, Jonathan A Drezner, Jonathan Kim, et al, British Journal of Sports Medicine, (19 June 2020). Numerous medical and sporting organisations are developing comprehensive strategies to ensure a safe return to training and competition. This is a complex process that will require a multidisciplinary, team-based approach that balances priorities surrounding athlete health with strategies to protect the general public from further spread of the infection. Evidence is limited, and conclusive recommendations regarding these issues will require ongoing research and monitoring of athletes afflicted with COVID-19. However, we take this opportunity to provide some initial guidance for the cardiac evaluation of athletes with prior COVID-19 infection. 
  • Return to community sport: leaning on evidence in turbulent times, Alison Doherty ,Patti Millar & Katie Misener, Managing Sport and Leisure, (16 July 2020). This commentary considers return to organized sport amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of nonprofit community (grassroots) sport clubs that are the backbone of sport in many countries around the world. Local clubs can be vulnerable to challenging conditions at the best of times, and are at risk of significant negative impact if they cannot weather the storm of the current pandemic and resume their sport delivery. The opportunity and importance of drawing on evidence-based insights during these unprecedented times is highlighted here, by connecting examples of existing knowledge in several key areas (assessing and building capacity, embracing innovation, and adapting top-down policy directives to the local context) with the challenges facing community sport clubs.
  • Return to play after COVID-19: a sport cardiologist’s view, Helder Dores and Nuno Cardim, British Journal of Sports Medicine, (21 May 2020). The authors opine that in athletes clinically recovered from a proved infection (even those with mild disease, without cardiac symptoms or hospital admission), a subclinical myocardial injury may be present. We recommend a medical evaluation before the athlete resume trainings, eventually with exams as transthoracic echocardiogram, maximal exercise testing and 24-hour Holter monitoring to exclude subclinical disease.
  • Sport in the tracks and fields of the corona virus: Critical issues during the exit from lockdown, Toomas Timpka op-ed, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 23(7), pp.634-635, (July 2020). The SARS-Cov-2 pandemic has revealed a unique ecology of health-related consequences that require attention, among sportspeople and in the general population alike.21 The most affected groups are often those who are already the most vulnerable. Solidarity and social responsibility should, therefore, not only be accounted for by governments and public health agencies, but also by the sport's governing bodies that formulate lockdown exiting protocols. All sportspeople, from members of governing bodies to coaches and athletes, need to strike the right balance between contributing to protecting the vulnerable by keeping the transmission of SARS-Cov-2 in the community at bay, while easing discontent and economic damage in the sports community.
  • When can professional sport recommence safely during the COVID-19 pandemic? Risk assessment and factors to consider, Sean Carmody, Andrew Murray, Mariya Borodina, et al, British Journal of Sports Medicine, (15 June 2020). Sport has health, social and economic benefits for individuals and society, and when the COVID-19 pandemic is better ‘controlled’, it may be appropriate to reintroduce community sport and professional sport. In this editorial, we opine on what needs to be in place for professional sport to recommence.

Infographics

  • Graduated return to play guidance following COVID-19 infection [infographic], Niall Elliott, Rhodri Martin, Neil Heron, et al, British Journal of Sports Medicine, (22 June 2020). This guidance takes into account public health guidelines in the UK (although we hope its content is relevant more widely) and available expert opinion at time of publication and is for use by healthcare practitioners. It is applicable to performance athletes who have had mild to moderate illness. Those requiring hospital admission merit further assessment.
  • Managing the return to sport after quarantine, YLMSportScience, (21 June 2020). By Derek Hansen, sprint coach and return to play specialist. 

Research

  • A deep dive into testing and management of COVID-19 for Australian high performance and professional sport, Mathew Mooney, Nirmala Kanthi Panagodage Perera, Carolyn Broderick, et al, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 23(7), pp.664-669, (July 2020). The purpose of testing for any communicable disease is to support clinicians in the diagnosis and management of individual patients and to describe transmission dynamics. High performance sport is a unique context that may look towards comprehensive testing as a means of risk mitigation. Characteristics of the common testing options are discussed including the circumstances where additional testing may be of benefit and considerations for the associated risks. Finally, a review of the available technology that could be considered for use by medical staff at the point of care (PoC) in a high-performance sporting context is included.
  • COVID-19: Return to Youth Sports: Preparing Sports Venues and Events for the Return of Youth Sports, David Pierce, Jessi Stas, Kevin Feller, William Knox, Sports Innovation Journal, Volume 1, (2 June 2020). States and counties are publishing their own unique guidelines for permitting youth sports to return over designated phases, creating a patchwork of guidelines and dates for returning to practice and games. Governing bodies, sports facilities, and event operators are creating modifications and adaptations for participants and spectators to ensure a safe environment. The Sports Innovation Institute at IUPUI, a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities in Indianapolis, and Grand Park Sports Campus (Westfield, Ind.) collaborated to better understand how COVID-related adaptations are perceived by parents, athletes, coaches, officials, and administrators. The results provide youth sports facilities and event operators with data on how specific adaptions are received by these stakeholders who are looking to return to youth sports in a timely, but safe manner.
  • Returning to Play after Prolonged Training Restrictions in Professional Collision Sports, Keith A. Stokes, Ben Jones, Mark Bennett, International Journal of Sports Medicine, (29 May 2020). In extended periods of reduced training, without targeted intervention, changes in body composition and function can be profound. However, there are strategies that can dramatically mitigate potential losses, including resistance training to failure with lighter loads, plyometric training, exposure to high-speed running to ensure appropriate hamstring conditioning, and nutritional intervention. Athletes may require psychological support given the challenges associated with isolation and a change in regular training routine. While training restrictions may result in a decrease in some physical and psychological qualities, athletes can return in a positive state following an enforced period of rest and recovery. On return to training, the focus should be on progression of all aspects of training, taking into account the status of individual athletes.
  • The Stanford Hall consensus statement for post-COVID-19 rehabilitation, Barker-Davies RM, O'Sullivan O, Senaratne KPP, et al., British Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume 54(16), pp.949-959, (30 June 2020). There is a clear need for guidance on the rehabilitation of COVID-19 survivors. This consensus statement was developed by an expert panel in the fields of rehabilitation, sport and exercise medicine (SEM), rheumatology, psychiatry, general practice, psychology and specialist pain, working at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall, UK. 

Videos

  • Lockdown and return to performance: caution with the shoes!, JB Morin, YouTube, (27 May 2020). Recommends progressive return to sport and increase in mechanical load: it's gotta be (also) the shoes (and other sport-specific material). For example in football, rugby, cycling, sprint, jump etc: going back to ∼daily use after 8+ wks without might be risky. If still locked down, use them regularly for home sessions to maintain specific stimulus.

International practice

Resources

  • 2020 Webinar seriesCanadian Parks and Recreation Association, (2020). A series of webinars for municipal recreation staff and stakeholders about the safe reopening of parks and recreation facilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The full series includes webinars on playgrounds and fields, parks and trail, aquatic facilities, and arenas. 
  • COVID-19 Video Program, SIRC, (accessed 31 August 2020). SIRC, alongside knowledge mobilization partner inMotion, launched a new program providing video storytelling opportunities to support sport organizations’ communications efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ottawa Return to Play Roadmap, Ottawa Sport Council, (accessed 27 July 2020). Under the stewardship of the Ottawa Sport Council, the Ottawa Return to Play Roadmap has been developed by 70 local sport organizations and the City of Ottawa to promote and enable the resumption of sport in our community. Based on guidelines from public health officials at the community, provincial and federal levels, the Roadmap provides a selection of practical tools and resources to ensure that sport rolls out consistently and carefully, based on the best available information. The Roadmap is a living document. Content will be added as new information and resources become available and as the COVID-19 situation develops.
  • Returning to the workplace playbook, ParticipACTION, (July 2020). To help you and your employees stay healthy and productive, we’ve rounded up some of our best resources to help support workplace physical distancing guidelines through the many benefits of active. 

Research

  • COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Service, National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)/McMaster University. As one strategy to support the public health sector’s response to COVID-19, the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) has developed a Rapid Evidence Service. The Rapid Evidence Service provides trusted and approachable overviews of recent research to answer pressing questions from public health organisations related to COVID-19. The Service includes a summary of the key points and knowledge gaps from a rigorous review of the research. It also provides an appraisal of the methodological quality of the evidence using internationally accepted methods and tools. Topics tend to be broader (not directly addressing sport/physical activity) but may be relevant for broader research (e.g. mental health, development of guidelines, etc.). 
  • Impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak on movement and play behaviours of Canadian children and youth: a national survey, Sarah A. Moore, Guy Faulkner, Ryan E. Rhodes, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Volume 17, Article 85, (2020). Only 4.8% (2.8% girls, 6.5% boys) of children and 0.6% (0.8% girls, 0.5% boys) of youth were meeting combined movement behaviour guidelines during COVID-19 restrictions. Children and youth had lower PA levels, less outside time, higher SB (including leisure screen time), and more sleep during the outbreak. Parental encouragement and support, parental engagement in PA, and family dog ownership were positively associated with healthy movement behaviours. Although families spent less time in PA and more time in SB, several parents reported adopting new hobbies or accessing new resources.

    • Survey led by Dalhousie researcher shows COVID-19 lockdown’s impact on children, youth activity, Aya Al-Hakim, Global News, (13 July 2020). The study shows that in April, one month after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, less than three per cent of Canadian youth ages five to 17 were meeting the minimum recommendations in the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep — in contrast to 15 per cent before the health crisis. Link to study.  
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on local sports organisations: Nationwide survey results, Sport for Life, (August 2020). This report outlines the findings of the nationwide Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Sports Organizations survey that Sport for Life conducted between May 19 and June 5, 2020, based on Sport Calgary's recent survey. The data collected from 1,300 respondents representing nearly 4 million members and more than 56 sports, informs governments of the operational and financial impacts the pandemic has had on sports organizations. These organizations, which represent about 4% of the sport sector across Canada, collectively employ roughly 14,500 employees so their viability could affect more than 350,000 jobs significantly impacting Canada’s unemployment rate. 99% of sport organizations are affected by COVID-19 while 65% of clubs and associations cannot access Canadian emergency funding initiatives. As many as 21% may not recover without emergency support, resulting in less opportunities for sport.
    • Impacts of COVID-19 on local sports organisations [infographic], Edmonton Sport Council, (August 2020). Our Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Sports Organizations survey is now complete. We'll be sharing our findings the next week. We all need to learn from each other as we figure out what's next for the sport and physical activity ecosystem.

Position statements 

  • Supporting the recovery of the sport sector and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic: Council adopts conclusions, Council of the European Union, (22 June 2020). The Council conclusions recommend to member states, the Commission and the sport movement how to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the recovery stage. The conclusions invite member states to promote the possibilities for support through EU programmes, funds and initiatives, such as the Erasmus+ programme, the European Solidarity Corps, the Corona Response Investment Initiative (CRII), and the Corona Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+).

Position statements

  • Position Stand: Return to Sport in the Current Coronavirus Pandemic (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19), Nieß AM, Bloch W, Friedmann-Bette B, Grim C, et al, German Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume 71(5), (May 2020). This position paper presents an initial guideline for procedures in the clarification of sport eligibility and reintegration in competitive sport after recovery from a SARSCoV-2 infection. Given the lack of an adequate data base on this new disease and especially the lack of scientific knowledge on the sport-specific aspects of the disease, we understand this position paper as an initial expert consensus on the question of conception of the safest possible return of the athlete to competitive sport after an infection with SARS-CoV-2.

Resources 

  • Coronavirus and sport - science and practice, SPONET, Institut für Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft (IAT). Topic portal, providing a growing database of international literature covering the topic of sport and COVID-19. Accompanying sports illustrations provided by children 3 to 11 years. 

Resources 

  • COVID-19, Sport New Zealand. Topic portal, providing help and support for the sector, as well as information for the public during COVID-19. 
  • Sport New Zealand 2020-21 Strategic Priorities. In light of the ever changing COVID-19 environment, we have developed a document to outline our single year strategic priorities. This will be our focus for the next 12 months. In response to COVID-19, our Government is investing close to $265m over the next four years to help the sector reset, recover and rebuild. 

Media statements

  • Sport NZ COVID-19 Fund provides $1.85M to organisations beyond its traditional partners, Sport New Zealand, (19 August 2020). Designed to relieve the financial impact of COVID-19, the Exceptional Systems Support Fund was open for applications from national organisations whose primary purpose is the delivery of play, active recreation or sport, and who are  not current investment partners of Sport NZ.
  • Community Sport and Recreation Under COVID-19 Alert Level Restrictions, Sport New Zealand, (14 August 2020). Sport NZ is encouraging all New Zealanders to remain physically active, but to follow the Government’s guidelines for their region’s alert levels.
  • Details of national league funding released, Sport New Zealand, (10 July 2020). On Tuesday, Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson announced $80m in funding targeted at all levels of the Play, Active Recreation and Sport sector.
  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levelsSport New Zealand, (7 July 2020). Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.
  • Sport NZ provides $4.6 million in financial relieve to professional clubsSport New Zealand. (4 June 2020). Sport NZ has provided a total of $4.6 million to the Wellington Phoenix, Vodafone Warriors, Super Rugby clubs and the ANZ Premiership Netball League and teams to ease the financial impact of COVID-19. This is the first release of investment from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced as part of Budget 2020, with this being the only allocation available for release before 1 July.
  • Budget 2020Sport New Zealand, (17 May 2020). Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson has today announced a $264.6m investment into the Sport and Recreation sector as part of Budget 2020.
  • Sport NZ announces further $25 million short-term relieve packageSport New Zealand, (7 May 2020). Sport NZ has created a $25 million package to provide further short-term relief for organisations at all levels of sport and active recreation. The funds have been made available through savings achieved from the reprioritisation of Sport NZ’s work programme in the wake of COVID-19, as well as the drawing down on cash reserves. 
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19Sport New Zealand, (3 April 2020). National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today.

Position Statements

  • Implications of COVID-19 for resumption of sport in South Africa: A South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) position statement, Dimakatso Ramagole, Christa Janse van Rensburg, Lee Pillay, et al, The South African Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume 32(1), (2020). With this Position Statement, the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) aims to guide return-to-sport as safely as possible, in an evidence-based manner, given that COVID-19 is a new illness and new information from experts in various fields continues to emerge. Clinical considerations are briefly described, focusing on a return-to-sport strategy, including education, preparation of the environment, risk stratification of sports and participants, and the practical implementation of these guidelines. The management of the potentially exposed or infected athlete is further highlighted.

Inquiry

  • Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors, UK Parliament, (June 2020). The DCMS Committee has launched an inquiry into the 'Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors'. It will consider both the immediate and long-term impact that Covid-19 and the related social and financial measures are having on the wide range of industries and organisations under the Committee’s remit. Various sport organisations provided written or oral testimony including UK Sport, Sport England, UKactive, London Sport, Youth Sport Trust, Sport and Recreation Alliance, and more.  
    • Impact Of Covid-19 On Sport For Development Sector Having 'Profound Effect', Sport for Development Coalition, (July 2020). The SFDC, a growing Movement of more than 100 charities, networks and governing bodies who believe in the power of sport to generate positive social outcomes, has published its response to the DCMS Committee inquiry on the impact of the pandemic. The SFDC reveals that the pandemic has had “a significant impact” on the sector from reduced funding and financial security, to a forced reduction and adaptation in delivery, and increased challenges in engaging participants.

Guidelines

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation, UK Government.Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation. 
  • Return to play, Sport England.There's a lot for sport and physical activity providers to consider as lockdown restrictions evolve. We've got guidance on a range of topics to help you plan for the return to play.
  • Return to recreational team sport framework, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, (9 July 2020). The government recognises the vital role sports and physical activity plays in ensuring physical and mental health. The return of team sport is an exciting moment for the millions of people who use this activity as their exercise of choice and gain the multiple physical, mental and social benefits of playing. This return must be made as safe as possible, which is why the government has produced this guidance and why sport governing bodies will be preparing thorough plans of their own. It is recognised that risk in sport cannot be completely eradicated, but with caution and care, risks can be reduced and the benefits of team sport enjoyed fully again.
  • Sports medicine leaders working with government and public health to plan a ‘return-to-sport’ during the COVID-19 pandemic: the UK’s collaborative five-stage model for elite sport, Kemp S, Cowie CM, Gillett M, et al, British Journal of Sports Medicine, (13 July 2020). These guidance documents, read in conjunction with existing guidance around the risk assessment and minimum standards for competition, provide the major elite UK sporting organisations with a quality assured framework to plan ‘how’ they might return. Further consideration is needed to determine ‘when’ a return is appropriate. It is envisaged that for an individual sport, this will be based on a sport specific risk assessment, close consultation with relevant public health authorities and consideration of the time needed to safely recondition its athletes.

Programs

  • Fitness Studio exercise videos, National Health Service (NHS). Use the tabs at the top of the page to choose a workout from the NHS Fitness Studio's range of online exercise videos.

Research

  • Covid-19 Impact Report, Community Leisure UK, (August 2020). This report highlights the significant risks posed to Community Leisure UK members across England, Scotland and Wales as a result of Covid-19, and potentially disastrous long-term impacts for the sector. The data presented in this report is based on insights from our members’ survey, concluded at the end of July 2020. There is a high risk of venues and facilities closing permanently as a result of rationalisation and financial pressures. There are currently 342 facilities at risk of permanent closure, including 85 leisure centres and 24 swimming pools. This would result in a loss of 18% of swimming pools run by our members, which would impact on communities, clubs and athletes. Approximately 60% of members intend to reopen for sports clubs to access facilities initially.
  • COVID-19 Physical Activity Tracker. Shortly after the government issued guidance on social distancing and limiting people to one piece of outdoor exercise a day, Sport England commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys. Each week for the initial eight weeks of lockdown, Savanta ComRes surveyed the English public to assess their activity levels and attitudes towards physical activity. After the initial eight weeks, surveys are being conducted on a monthly basis, with ad hoc collections at other times in response to specific changes to restrictions.Overall, activity levels held up relatively well throughout – with a third of adults doing 30 minutes or more of physical activity (at a level that raised their breathing rate) on five or more days a week. But only 19% of parents said their children were meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines and doing an hour a day. Below the surface, we also see familiar inequalities replicated, even exacerbated. The whole population has been affected, but not affected equally. Summaries of each survey and links to the full data are available from the Sport England website. 
  • Insight Pack: Health Conditions and Physical Activity - the impact of COVID-19, Sport England/We are Undefeatable, (June 2020). This report, developed in collaboration with our We Are Undefeatable partners, draws upon a range of sources to provide the most up to date picture of activity amongst adults with long term health conditions, and importantly, what they are thinking and feeling in light of COVID-19.

Resources

  • Covid-19, UK Sport. Provides a list of information and articles relating to UK Sport's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and links to additional resources where relevant. 
  • COVID-19 and Sport: Webinar series, London Sport/Connect Sport, (August 2020). London Sport has published a series of webinars which focus on the Covid-19 pandemic and its implications for community and grassroots sport. The webinars have been produced over the summer in partnership with the Mayor of London's office, with themes ranging from ‘finance and funding’ to ‘leadership in times of crisis’.
  • Graduated return to play guidance following COVID-19 infection [infographic], Elliott N, Martin R, Heron N, et al, British Journal of Sports Medicine, (22 June 2020). This guidance takes into account public health guidelines in the UK (although we hope its content is relevant more widely) and available expert opinion at time of publication and is for use by healthcare practitioners. It is applicable to performance athletes who have had mild to moderate illness. Those requiring hospital admission merit further assessment.
  • Socially Distanced Sport: a toolkit for sport and physical activity practitioners, Mayor of London, (September 2020). This document outlines suggestions for organisations wishing to run activities while COVID-19 is present but we recognise that they will not be relevant for everyone. We expect that you will adapt the toolkit to meet your organisation’s needs and within the context of your own activities.
  • Sport COVID-19, BDO United Kingdom. When it comes to keeping your organisation up and running, knowing the right questions to ask and where to find the information you need can make all the difference. This guidance has been produced by BDO LLP. Through our partnership with Sport England and UK Sport we have set up a hub to share with you our knowledge on particular challenges you may be facing at this time. Each of the tiles contains guidance around key business areas that may have been affected due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidelines

  • COVID-19 Return to Training:Guidance on Safe Return to Training For AthletesNational Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), (2020). The purpose of this document is to compile and summarize pertinent information to support safe and appropriate training practices with teams, athletes and clients during the expected transition period back to full training activity. The information included is to be applied in accordance with institutional policies, as well as the latest local, state, and federal guidelines related to the containment and prevention of COVID-19. It is also important to note that the overall risks for athletes following periods of inactivity extend beyond the scope of preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19. This document includes both COVID-19 prevention and inactivity related guidelines and resources for strength and conditioning coaches upon returning to partial or full training activity.
  • Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and CompetitionNational Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), (2020). This publication extends previous guidance and provides updated recommendations about the protection of athletes and prevention of community spread of COVID-19. 

Resources

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).The NCAA continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and is taking proactive measures to mitigate the impact of the virus. When it comes to decision-making, our commitment is this: protect the health and safety of college athletes. All remaining winter and spring NCAA championships and related events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, have been canceled.Website provides links to all NCAA resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • COVID-19 Updates and Resources, American College of Sports Medicine.The college has created and curated a number of resources to help you address the many questions and challenges that you may be facing during this time. All pages are updated with new information as it becomes available.
  • Coronavirus UpdatesUnited States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Links to current and previous communications and guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • COVID Athlete Assistance Fund. The fund is intended to provide a one-time stipend to U.S. athletes who have incurred financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Media statements

Reports

  • COVID-19, Women, Girls and Sport: Build Back BetterUN Women, (July 2020). The impacts of COVID-19 are already being felt harder by women and girls in many areas of life due to gender inequalities, and we see this mirrored in sport. This brief is informed by the Sports for Generation Equality Framework, launched by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee in March 2020. It focuses on the impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls in sports in five areas: Leadership, Gender-Based Violence, Economic Opportunities, Media Participation and Representation, and Girls Participation in Sport. It presents key recommendations to different actors in the sport ecosystem that go beyond mitigating the impact of the crisis on women and girls, and create a future in and through sport that builds back better. 
  • The impact of COVID-19 on sport, physical activity and well-being and its effects on social development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, (May 2020). The COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have very considerable effects on the sporting world as well as on the physical and mental well-being of people around the world. The following recommendations seek to both support the safe re-opening of sporting events and tournaments following the pandemic, as well as to maximize the benefits that sport and physical activity can bring in the age of COVID-19 and beyond.
  • Sport: a global accelerator of peace and sustainable development for all: Report of the Secretary-General, United Nations General Assembly, (13 July 2020). Prepared in the context of the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the report highlights the important role of physical activity and sport in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on health and well-being and examines the role of digital technology in helping sport to fulfill that role. It further examines means of building global resilience to counter future shocks through investment and innovation in sport and sport-related policies.

Resources

Advocacy

  • #Sport4Recovery. Leading stakeholders in the sector created #Sport4Recovery, a communications and advocacy campaign to safely re-open organised sport. We speak with a unified voice across the globe and across sports. The goal of the campaign is to work with policymakers to open up organised sport as quickly as is safely possible. The campaign will also emphasise how the early reopening of sport will help the mental and physical recovery of hundreds of millions of people, especially also children. We also believe that sport can serve as a role model for other sectors of society demonstrating and promoting the organisation of safe and disciplined activities. We will be working together with independent third parties to endorse the campaign, such as mental health experts.

Guidelines

  • Aspetar Clinical Guidelines: Safe Return to Sport during the COVID-19 PandemicAspetar, (2020). The purpose of this guideline is to provide updated information regarding safe return to sports during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The objective is to limit/mitigate the risk of further spread of infection and reduce health problems associated with COVID-19 both in sports and the society in general. It is intended that the guideline will be used primarily by medical teams working with clubs and sports federations. However, the information also addresses coaches and athletes, referees, judges, support staff, administrators and athlete’s families. We recommend that all sports organisations / teams appoint a COVID-19 Safety Officer, who will implement all the guideline. 
  • Guidelines for the reopening of indoor sports and associations, as well as sports and leisure facilitiesDGI, DIF and Company Sports, (8 June 2020). Unofficial translation by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) of the Danish Authorities’ guidelines for re-opening of sport. 
  • Recommendations for return to sport during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Löllgen H, Bachl N, Papadopoulou T, et al, BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, (13 July 2020). Despite the varying rules and circumstances around the world, we believe it is essential to provide some helpful and consistent guidance for return to training and sport for sport and exercise physicians around the world at this most difficult time. The present viewpoint provides practical and medical recommendations on the resumption to sport process. 

Resources

  • Commonwealth Moves, The Commonwealth Secretariat, (accessed 28 August 2020). Recognising the critical importance of sport and exercise for physical and mental health, in fostering community cohesion and inclusion, and also in contributing to social and economic development, the Commonwealth has long been working with governments to boost this sector. Building on its previous advances in this area, the Secretariat has created the Commonwealth Moves initiative to help sustain and re-boot this sector in the Covid-19 new reality.
    • Sport and the coronavirus hub. The information below is provided to help policymakers, officials and the public make good decisions about sport, exercise and physical activity during the pandemic.
    • Policies and guidelines. A summary and links to resources and guidelines from various Commonwealth countries (including Australia). 
  • Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management: COVID19 Mass gathering risk assessment for sporting eventsMedical Task Force and Advisory Group, (2020). This tool is intended to support you in the organisation of your event during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The same tool, processes and recommendations can be used in all cases of communicable disease outbreaks. Sports targeted by this tool include: cycling, nordic skiing, rowing, running, and triathlon. The tool’s output is a document that has the objective to practically assist you in making the right decisions to protect the local community, the event’s participants, the volunteers, workforce and staff involved. This tool does not include spectator management. The use of this tool will not guarantee that your event can take place but, based on information available through your local Public Health Authorities, should help you to: 
    • assess the risk of the event in quantitative and qualitative ways,
    • establish the community and the event’s preparedness for the risks of COVID-19,
    • clarify the steps to take to further mitigate and reduce the risk.

 

 



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