Ulster Players #ReturnToRugby with PCR Testing

Ulster Players #ReturnToRugby with PCR Testing
Adam McBurney at the Ulster Rugby High Performance Centre for PCR testing

Wednesday saw Ulster players and support staff commence their #ReturnToRugby protocols as they underwent PCR testing.

The senior professional players from all four provinces, along with the High Performance staff and coaches, are undergoing a medical pre-screening and education phase, including the nationally co-ordinated PCR testing programme. 

Daily temperature checks are one of the mandatory protocols that all players and staff must undergo to access the High Performance Centres.

A DAMOC Thermo Check has been installed at each of the IRFU’s designated High Performance Centres –Ulster’s HPC (Kingspan Stadium), Connacht’s HPC (The Sportsground), Leinster’s HPC (UCD), Munster’s HPC (UL),  and the IRFU HPC (Sport Ireland Campus).

The DAMOC Thermo Check is a contactless and accurate method of temperature measurement. Its in-built facial recognition and Wi-Fi capability allows it to be managed remotely.  The device will provide a body temperature reading within 2 seconds and will immediately flag high readings.

What is PCR Testing?

A swab test removes a sample from a person’s nose or throat.  This sample is examined at a molecular level using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to identify the presence of COVID19.

What sports are using PCR testing for COVID19 detection? 

League of Ireland, Premier League, English Football League, Bundesliga, La Liga, NZ Rugby, NRL.

How long for test results to be known?

Turnaround time for test results is between 2-4 days.