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

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