Daily Covid-19 tests and biodegradable kit bags: La Liga's plan to restart season

sglowrider

Hall of Famer
Gold Member
Apr 9, 2012
19,049
13,585
113
Tiny Red Dot
  • Initial ban on full squad training under four-phase protocol
  • Players to live in isolation away from their families
https://www.theguardian.com/footbal...eason-daily-covid-19-tests-training-isolation

There will be three stages to training – individual, small group and full team – and the first tests are pencilled in for next Tuesday. From the second stage, squads will be obliged to live together in isolation, away from their families.

The protocol calls for clubs to be given a month of training where possible, with two weeks of group and full-team sessions following two weeks of individual training. Some clubs are concerned about the plausibility of that plan and returning to competition without sufficient training. That process begins with a four-part protocol written by doctors from three first division clubs and reviewed by medical departments at a further four clubs across the top two divisions. The protocol was distributed to every La Liga side and discussions with medical staff began on Wednesday. It has been shared with other European leagues.

The preliminary stage (phase one) of the protocol for the resumption of training involves at least three tests being carried out on every player before a return to activity, beginning with polymerase chain reaction and serology tests. The league hopes to carry out a first round of tests on 28 April to gain a picture of where they are and establish which players have built up an immunity to the virus. The final test of the first phase must be conducted two days before a return to activity.

Once sessions begin, up to two weeks after that first test, players will be subjected to daily serology antibody tests which the league has acquired. Any player found to be positive will be isolated.

Phase two is individual training sessions to be carried out at the clubs’ training grounds in a controlled environment that has to be disinfected before sessions. “Clean area” notices will be placed at entry points, the number of staff allowed in will be limited and training times staggered to prevent players coinciding with each other. Strict rules are laid out for the preparation of food – only one cook will be allowed – for laundry staff and for security. Employees will be categorised as high or low protection, with footballers in the former group.

Players will arrive at training always in the same car and in kit, taking away the following day’s kit in a sealed, biodegradable bag. Dressing rooms are not to be used and there will be a maximum of six players on any pitchand no more than 12 on site. No more than two players will be allowed in the gym and no interaction with coaching staff will be allowed. Staff must wear gloves and face masks, as must players until on the pitch.
 

mcmurtry66

All-Big Ten
Mar 14, 2019
3,169
2,401
113
  • Initial ban on full squad training under four-phase protocol
  • Players to live in isolation away from their families
https://www.theguardian.com/footbal...eason-daily-covid-19-tests-training-isolation

There will be three stages to training – individual, small group and full team – and the first tests are pencilled in for next Tuesday. From the second stage, squads will be obliged to live together in isolation, away from their families.

The protocol calls for clubs to be given a month of training where possible, with two weeks of group and full-team sessions following two weeks of individual training. Some clubs are concerned about the plausibility of that plan and returning to competition without sufficient training. That process begins with a four-part protocol written by doctors from three first division clubs and reviewed by medical departments at a further four clubs across the top two divisions. The protocol was distributed to every La Liga side and discussions with medical staff began on Wednesday. It has been shared with other European leagues.

The preliminary stage (phase one) of the protocol for the resumption of training involves at least three tests being carried out on every player before a return to activity, beginning with polymerase chain reaction and serology tests. The league hopes to carry out a first round of tests on 28 April to gain a picture of where they are and establish which players have built up an immunity to the virus. The final test of the first phase must be conducted two days before a return to activity.

Once sessions begin, up to two weeks after that first test, players will be subjected to daily serology antibody tests which the league has acquired. Any player found to be positive will be isolated.

Phase two is individual training sessions to be carried out at the clubs’ training grounds in a controlled environment that has to be disinfected before sessions. “Clean area” notices will be placed at entry points, the number of staff allowed in will be limited and training times staggered to prevent players coinciding with each other. Strict rules are laid out for the preparation of food – only one cook will be allowed – for laundry staff and for security. Employees will be categorised as high or low protection, with footballers in the former group.

Players will arrive at training always in the same car and in kit, taking away the following day’s kit in a sealed, biodegradable bag. Dressing rooms are not to be used and there will be a maximum of six players on any pitchand no more than 12 on site. No more than two players will be allowed in the gym and no interaction with coaching staff will be allowed. Staff must wear gloves and face masks, as must players until on the pitch.
Wow that's really something. it's almost may. hell it would go straight into what should be preseason and a new season
 

sglowrider

Hall of Famer
Gold Member
Apr 9, 2012
19,049
13,585
113
Tiny Red Dot
Wow that's really something. it's almost may. hell it would go straight into what should be preseason and a new season
Its all about the TV money. They need to show some semblance of competition to get that TV money back online. The more cynical people are saying that they are just doing all this just so that they can show the TV companies that they have exhausted every possible avenue -- they cant do it and therefore the TV companies need to pay up regardless.

It may not matter as much for the bigger clubs like a Man United where gate receipts are like 23% or thereabouts. But for the smaller clubs, gate receipts are like 4% so they need the TV money. There is talk for the EPL that they will show it free -- get an even bigger TV audience than normal to compensate for the loss in the stadium.

They could do pre-season. Finish the previous season. Then have week or two off then on to the next season. I think that's just stupid -- it would kill off any excitement on the part of the fans and players.

I think they need to take the cricket approach for finishing off the season. Start afresh.

They can apply the Duckworth-Lewis method, where a mathematical formulation designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited-overs cricket match interrupted by weather or other circumstances. Basically projected points per match approach.
Cricket matches are constantly cut short. They know how to deal with truncated seasons and matches better than anyone else.
 
  • Like
Reactions: mcmurtry66

sglowrider

Hall of Famer
Gold Member
Apr 9, 2012
19,049
13,585
113
Tiny Red Dot
Paulo Dybala tests positive for coronavirus 'for the fourth time in six weeks'
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala first confirmed on March 21 that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini had contracted COVID-19 after testing positive for the disease

Paulo Dybala has tested positive for the coronavirus for the fourth time in six weeks, according to reports.

The Juventus forward confirmed on March 21 that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini had contracted COVID-19 after his first positive test for the disease.

According to Spanish programme El Chiringuito, Dybala has had a total of four tests in six weeks as a result of his initial diagnosis, with his most recent coming back positive.

The Argentina international recently spoke out about fighting the disease, and explained how he had been struggling to breathe.

In the same update he claimed he and his girlfriend were feeling much better, but it seems the forward is struggling to shake the illness.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

It takes a supremely fit athlete six weeks to over-come the virus? What hope is there for us mere mortals?