AIA COVID-19 Return to Play Protocol

  • Below is the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) guidelines for an athlete to return to play following self-quarantine. 

    1. Student-athlete must not be symptomatic if attending an athletic activity. If a student-athlete confirms two (2) or more "yes" responses in their daily COVID-19 pre-practice self-symptom report or a student-athlete reports they are experiencing any symptoms related to fever, shortness of breath at rest, chills, cough, or chest pains, they must self-isolate for fourteen (14) days and follow the AIA Return to Play Protocol. 
    2. If the student-athlete has been in "close contact" with a COVID-19 positive person for greater than 15 minutes (does not have to be consecutive) within six (6) feet (with or without a mask), the student-athlete must self-isolate for fourteen (14) days to monitor symptoms. If symptoms develop in the fourteen (14) days the athlete is presumed positive and shall follow AIA Return to Play Protocol. 
    3. If the exposed student-athlete remains without COVID-19 symptoms, it is recommended they take a COVID-19 PCR test. If asymptomatic during the fourteen (14) day self-isolation, the student-athlete is encouraged to engage in Stage 1 and 2 of the AIA Return to Play Progression at home, 15-30 minutes of light exercise, and as long as the student-athlete remains self-isolated. 
    4. If a student-athlete with exposure to a COVID-19 positive person receives documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test and the individual remains without COVID-19 symptoms for the fourteen (14) day self-isolation period, the individual is allowed to return on day 15 without needing to complete the AIA COVID-19 Return to Play Protocol. 
    5. If NO documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test is presented, the student-athlete must complete the AIA COVID-19 Return to Play Protocol. Completion of the AIA COVID-19 Return to Play Form by a physician and the Return to Play Progression with the school's Athletic Trainer.