Health & Wellness

MGSA DANCE: Return to Dancing and Training Considerations due to COVID-19 Policy

COVID- 19 infections can have heart, kidney, lung, and blood complications, and information regarding the effects of COVID-19 are constantly evolving. As a result, these complications must be taken into account for a safe return to physical activity.

Collaboration between the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Cardiology has created guidelines for the evaluation of athletes after past or acute infection of COVID-19.

Each dancer will be evaluated on an individual basis regarding the need for further testing for medical clearance to return to activity.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine has also created a guideline requiring a minimum period of 10-14 days of rest after either onset of symptoms or confirmed positive COVID- 19 tests.

After this period, a graduated return to activity protocol has been developed which will be implemented on an individual basis for each dancer.

If a student is confirmed to be COVID-19 negative they may participate in dance classes as long as they do NOT have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

If a student is confirmed to be COVID-19 positive regardless if they have symptoms or not they are NOT CLEARED to participate in physical activity. However, they may observe dance classes as tolerated.

Each dancer will be required to complete the graduated return to activity protocol remotely. After completing the graduated return to activity protocol a dancer MUST be given clearance BEFORE returning to in-person classes/rehearsals/performances.

As a result of these medical guidelines, each dancer is required to contact Rutgers Student Health at 848-932-7402 if they suspect COVID-19 based on symptoms or confirmed positive test. In order to safely return to dance, you are required to have a medical evaluation.

References

Elliot N, Martin R, Heron N etc. Info graphic Graduated Return to play guidance following Covid-19 infection Br J Sports Med: 22 June 2020.

Dores H & Cardim N. Return to Play after Covid-19: a sports cardiologist view Br J Sports Med: on 7 May 2020.

Cardiac Considerations for College Student-Athletes during the COVID-19 Pandemic
https://www.amssm.org/Content/pdf-files/COVID19/CardiacCOVID-19_22-JULY-2020.pdf

How to Maintain Your Jumps During Quarantine

https://www.dancemagazine.com/maintain-jumps-quarantine-2645874564.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

Rutgers Counseling, ADAP, &

Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

COVID-19 Information for Rutgers – New Brunswick Students:

HOPE: Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Training

The spring Campus Connect: Suicide Prevention Training calendar is now open. This training aims to increase knowledge about statistics, risk & protective factors, warning signs, and campus resources. Open to students, faculty and staff members. To register, go to bit.ly/rucampusconnectspring2021; registration is limited. You can also contact me directly for additional trainings dates with your groups/staff members.

HOPE: Wellness Coaching

Our Wellness Coaching sessions are also open.  HOPE’s Peer Coaches and certified ACE Behavior Change Specialists are now providing Wellness Coaching sessions to students. Coaches will work with students to identify wellness goals and work through solutions for meeting those goals. Students can find more information and request a coach at Wellness Coaching – Student Health (rutgers.edu)

Students may also reach out to the following resources for support:

  • NJ Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
  • Crisis Text Line: Text KNIGHTS to 741741 (anytime 24/7), Text STEVE for unmet mental health needs of students of color.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Additional resources:

If you are having a lifethreatening emergency and/or  the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms of:

1) high fever, 2) difficulties breathing, and 3) coughing, please call 9-1-1 and/or go immediately to your nearest ER.

Free Self-Help Mindfulness Meditation Exercises (MP3)

Self help resources: http://health.rutgers.edu/education/self-help/

IN CRISIS? 

During regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.), call CAPS at 848-932-7884 and ask to speak to the on-call counselor.

For crises outside these hours or on university holidays follow the prompt to “speak to a counselor immediately” to access a crisis counselor.

Other 24/7 options:

In Middlesex County call Acute Psychiatric Services (APS) 855-515-5700 

Within NJ: NJ Hopeline at 855-654-6735

Get support via text by texting “KNIGHTS” to 741741 – available 24/7

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 800-273-TALK (8255).  (This service can be reached from anywhere in the country; available 24/7)

Let’s Talk informal consultations will remain open and are offered only by phone as indicated on health.rutgers.edu/dropin. If you would like to schedule an appointment for Let’s Talk during the designated drop-in hours or outside those hours, please call 848-932-7884, option 2. You do not need to be affiliated with one of these centers or locations to make use of this service.

Below, our community counselor Richard Carlson provided a number of resources links that you might find helpful.

You may also check CAPS social media sites for the latest updates:

https://www.facebook.com/RUStudentHealth

https://www.instagram.com/RUStudentHealth/

Here are a few additional FREE resources that might be helpful.

  • Helpline for confidential emotional support for those worried and anxious about COVID-19 by calling 1-866-202-HELP (4357) from 8am-8pm, M-F. This is not a crisis hotline. Offered by Mental Health Association of NJ

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