UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero offers guidance to athletes in coronavirus limbo

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero issued guidelines for Bruins athletes during the coronavirus pandemic posted in a letter on the school’s website On Thursday it said the suspension of all athletic activities would continue as long as the home orders of national and provincial health officials were in effect.

Weight rooms will also remain closed when the spring quarter starts on Monday, although limited access to the Acosta training room will be available by appointment for athletes rehabilitating after injuries or undergoing medical treatment. The Pac-12 conference had previously announced the cancellation of all spring sports.

Guerrero said UCLA athletes had the option of staying on campus, in their off-campus home or at home when the quarter begins. Students are encouraged to return to campus only if it is the safest place to live. Otherwise, Guerrero said, they are strongly encouraged to stay in their permanent homes.

“We recognize that each student athlete and his or her family will make that decision individually,” Guerrero wrote.

UCLA mobilizes technology resources for athletes who need additional support, with the academic and student service staff implementing plans for virtual academic guidance and counseling. In addition, the athletic performance staff will provide training sets that allow athletes to continue training regardless of access to equipment. Guerrero said Under Armor, the school’s athletic sponsor, had donated years of subscriptions to the MyFitnessPal app for every UCLA athlete.

Meanwhile, UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services remains operational and engaged with students, Guerrero said. The school partners with Headspace to provide each athlete with an annual subscription to their meditation app. UCLA has also asked its coaches and employees to keep in touch with colleagues and athletes through conference calls, video chats or other methods to maintain a human connection in a time of tremendous isolation.

“Our new normal can be challenging and uncertain,” Guerrero wrote, “but it has once again enabled the resilience and adaptability of the Bruin community.”

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