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OSU announces task force to ensure safe return for athletes

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Fall athletes will be able to return as soon as June 15 with proper precautions.

Oklahoma State recently announced a task force for a safe return for football athletes

Oklahoma State has created a task force made up of medical professionals and members of the athletic department to help ensure a safe return for football players to return to campus and begin voluntary workouts. 

The task force is made up of 17 people representing medical professionals, the athletics department and other on-campus amenities. 

Dr. Kayse Shrum will lead the task force. She has been the OSU Health Sciences president since 2013 and has been integral in the developing testing procedures for Oklahoma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Johnny Stephens and Dr. Dennis Blankenship also work in Health Sciences at OSU and will be joining Shrum on the task force. 

Dr. Val Gene Iven is the head team physician at OSU and will also take part in ensuring the safety of all OSU student athletes upon their return to campus beginning with football. 

Rob Glass, the director of Human Performance for all of OSU athletics, will also help on the task force. 

Cowboy Dining and Residential life are also represented on the task force. 

The goal of the task force is to work to ensure a safe return for all OSU student-athletes beginning with football. 

The NCAA has begun to loosen restrictions on practice facilities and have given the conferences and schools more control on when to allow student-athletes back on campus. 

The Big 12 recently announced football players could return to campus beginning on June 15.