Athletes prepare for life back home with long-distance help from FSU

Life as a student-athlete at Florida State and colleges across the country has changed dramatically in the last week.

Games are canceled. Classes are online only at FSU and around the state. Many athletes have chosen to go home for spring break and it’s expected that they will stay there through the end of the spring semester.

“It has been strongly recommended that all FSU students do so,” FSU Associate Athletics Director for Communications Rob Wilson said.

Students who leave campus but choose to return won’t be able to use the weight room at the Moore Athletic Center unless they self-quarantine for 14 days. The Figg Dining Room in the Moore Center is also closed, although the on-campus Suwanee Arcade is open to all students.

With the majority of students back home, FSU’s nutrition staff is offering guidance on what to eat.

“Our athletics nutritionists are advising all our student-athletes on how to maintain their training diet from home, including providing them with detailed meal plans,” Wilson said.

FSU is also making arrangements for athletes who need medical or rehab services in their hometowns. For those athletes who are staying at FSU, the training facilities at the Moore Center are open.

With the move to online classes, athletes won’t be able to meet face to face with academic advisors. But they will be available to communicate by phone, text, email or video conference.

“Our academic staff will vigilantly perform their roles remotely,” Wilson said. “The guidance our staff provides may never be more valuable to our student-athlete population than it will be during this remarkably unusual situation.”

FSU officials know that the events of the past week have been difficult and expect students will have questions and concerns. They have anticipated some of those questions and are ready to address them. 

“One of the first directives from Director of Athletics David Coburn was to ensure that our mental health support services will be available throughout this time,” Wilson said. “We know that this is a stressful time for everyone and our student-athletes are not immune to that.”


  1. Jerry Kutz Reply

    Life, athletics, as we knew it has changed and likely will be deflected onto a new trajectory. Basic fundamental activities, like working out, study hall or dining, are having to be rethought by the athletics department, on the fly and with little or no frame of reference for guidance.
    Don’t miss the significance of FSU’s concern for the mental health aspect of this for 500 student-athletes.
    These are kids who, for the first time in their life, have had their routine disrupted. These are kids who are used to rising at 5 or 6 am to go to the weightroom or pool or track to workout, grab breakfast before class, dine with teammates, and end their day at study hall at 10 pm. Most have been doing it since they were five or six years old and accustomed to having 16 hours or their day scheduled and a need to sleep 8.
    What happens now when they have free time and no “parental” supervision. Will they get fat, lose strength, find new interests, find trouble?
    Profound story and one Osceola will monitor.

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