After spending the spring and summer away from their favorite sports, many kids are itching to play. But what sports are okay to do during COVID-19? Are some sports safer than others? To help you, we’ve put together a list of sports and their relative risk factors.

Before you or your kids engage in any sports, you should carefully consider the unique risks associated with each sport and, when possible, make modifications prior to your return. In general, the following factors determine the risk of COVID-19 transmission:

  • Physical closeness: proximity, frequency, duration
  • Setting (indoor vs outdoor) and ability to ventilate
  • Shared equipment
  • Ability to social distance when not in play
  • Size of team, number of participants

Based on the above factors, we have categorized common sports from least risky to highest risk of COVID-19 transmission.

relative safety of sports during covid

You can also view a PDF to read more details about the risk of transmission in sports and our suggestions to help decrease the risk for each sport.

Looking for more back to school information? Check out Returning to School Safe and Strong on childrensnational.org

Subscribe to our newsletter and get free parenting tips delivered to your inbox every week!

Related Content

kids in Halloween costumes
boy with tennis racket and face mask
boy in mask dresses as pirate
soccer team wearing masks
little boy getting flu shot
voting items
girl distance learning
child wearing surgical mask
African American family meditating
Girl working at a computer and eating fast food
Young boy and his teddy bear wearing face masks
child quarantined at home
little girl in a swimsuit and a protective mask
doctor examining boy with face mask
family cooking dinner
bread with caution tape
smiling girl at the dentist
Mother and daughter laughing in kitchen
pregnant woman with mask over belly
0 replies

Leave a Comment

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.