MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Athletics confirmed on Friday that the Wisconsin Badgers Football team will open fall camp on Monday, August 10.
The Big Ten conference is taking all necessary measures to ensure a safe return to sports this fall. The conference has medical protocols in place that begin at the start of the competitive season. For high contact sports, such as football, they will have a minimum of two tests per week similar tot he protocols professional sports are following now.
"That's why you're seeing in professional sports daily or every two to three day testing," UW Health Chief Quality Officer Dr. Jeff Pothof said. "The idea is you will identify people who have the disease, they don't even know they have it yet, you pull them out and it doesn't make any of your other players or staff sick. That's the strategy behind why you would want to regularly test these players so that you can keep your season together, your team together."
Dr. Pothof said it will be difficult to complete any fall sports season.
"You really have to have a really robust plan and you've got to have gone down to the tenth level of degree of detail to make sure that it works, and it just requires a tremendous amount of personal responsibility, commitment to the team on behalf of the players in order to pull it off."
It's been a busy week for off the field news for the Wisconsin Football team.
The Big Ten released the season schedule on Wednesday. The Badgers open the season at home against Indiana on Friday, September 4.
Also on Wednesday, Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said that season tickets will not be provided to home games this year. Wisconsin Athletics hasn't gone as far as saying no fans will be allowed at any home games this year.