With Orange County coming off of the California Governors watch list, we
are faced with the difficulties of determining how to safely resume the
activities we were participating in. The
Cal United Strikers Football Club have started getting back to their new normal, returning to a new season
with increased safety precautions.
Newport Orthopedic Institute is on their third season of providing the Cal United Strikers their team
Athletic Trainer. This year the position has taken on an expanded role
as the sanitary procedures increased, focusing on the continued safety
of the team, staff and opponents. Players & staff were tested prior
to resuming practice & will be tested prior to each game. Symptom
& temperature checks have become part of the daily rituals as well
as facemasks for all staff.
Jill Ayres, the Team Athletic Trainer and head of NOI’s
Human Performance & Sports Medicine department, has adjusted her care & communication to accommodate new
restrictions and the challenges when returning to sport. The return of
the Cal United Strikers came with a bonus though. “Watching (the
players) moods, enthusiasm and sense of well-being give us all a sense
of normalcy… There has been so much stress during this time and
sport has provided an outlet, allowed a team to be together and given
us all something to look forward to.”
The California United Strikers will play in their first league game this
Sunday at 5 PM against the
Los Angeles Force. Catch a piece of sports stress relief for yourself by watching your Orange
County soccer team take on their Los Angeles rival on the
Sunday, August 30th at 5 PM (PT)
Open MyCujoo.com in your prefered browser.
Search for Cal United Strikers Football Club.
Photo Credit: Brian Jackson, Instagram @brian.jacksonphotography