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Contact and SARS-CoV-2 Infections Among College Football Athletes in the Southeastern Conference During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Accepted for Publication: September 28, 2021.

Published: October 29, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.35566

Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2021 Dixon BC et al. JAMA Network Open.

Corresponding Author: Rebecca S. B. Fischer, PhD, MPH, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University, 212 Adriance Lab Rd, Ste 211, College Station, TX 77843 (rfischer@tamu.edu).

Author Contributions: Drs Fischer and Dixon had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Concept and design: Dixon, Fischer, O'Neal, Gibbs.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Dixon, Fischer, Zhao, Clugston.

Drafting of the manuscript: Dixon, Fischer, Clugston, Gibbs.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.

Statistical analysis: Dixon, Fischer, Zhao.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Dixon, Fischer, O'Neal, Clugston, Gibbs.

Supervision: Fischer, Gibbs.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Funding/Support: Dr Fischer is supported by a National Institutes of Health grant from Fogarty International Center (No. 5K01TW010863).

Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funder had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

Additional Contributions: The authors thank the Southeastern Conference, specifically Kory Dahlen, Ben Beaty, Herb Vincent, Charlie Hussey, and Tiffany Daniels. The authors thank the members of the SEC Medical Guidance Taskforce: Jimmy Robinson, MD (University of Alabama), Kent Hagan, MD, and Ramon Ylanan, MD (University of Arkansas), Mike Goodlett, MD (Auburn University), Jay Clugston, MD, MS (University of Florida), Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NRAEMT, CSCS (University of Georgia), Jim Madaleno, AT-C (University of Kentucky), Catherine O’Neal, MD (Louisiana State University), Marshall Crowther, MD (University of Mississippi), Cliff Story, MD (Mississippi State University), Stevan Whitt, MD (University of Missouri), Zoë Foster, MD (University of South Carolina), Chris Klenck, MD (University of Tennessee), Shawn Gibbs, PhD, MBA (Texas A&M University), Warne Fitch, MD (Vanderbilt University). The authors also thank the staff members at each institution responsible for managing the Kinexon system: Clayton Keith (University of Alabama), Jacob D. Rosch (University of Arkansas), Dana Marquez (Auburn University), Matthew Redd (University of Florida), Ben Schmidt (University of Georgia), Christopher W. Morris (University of Kentucky), Micki S. Collins (Louisiana State University), Shannon Singletary (University of Mississippi), Thomas Callans (Mississippi State University), Tim Hickman and Michael Kurowski (University of Missouri), Wesley Diers and Clinton Haggard (University of South Carolina), Jeronimo A. Boche (University of Tennessee), Howard Gray and Kratik Malhotra (Texas A&M University), Jordan Hunt (Vanderbilt University). No compensation was received by any of the acknowledged persons.

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