This yr has been a tough one for highschool athletes. The arrival of COVID-19 shut down high school sports final March — simply when the women’ basketball state event had two days left of play and 12 groups had been competing for titles. The boys had been nonetheless competing for part wins.
Spring sports activities had been canceled. Fall sports activities had been allowed to renew, however with shortened seasons and new guidelines to cut back the unfold of coronavirus.
Then, when COVID-19 circumstances surged in Minnesota in November, Gov. Tim Walz pushed back the start of winter sports activities like basketball, hockey, wrestling and swimming.
Now, these applications are beginning up once more. State pointers modified on Jan. 4, when groups had been allowed to start practice, and video games are allowed to renew beginning Thursday.
What position do sports activities play in conserving younger individuals mentally and bodily wholesome? What adjustments are coaches making to gradual the unfold of the virus? What’s it wish to put on masks whereas taking part in, reply day by day well being questionnaires and regulate to small apply pods? And is it any enjoyable taking part in, in lots of circumstances, with no followers?
MPR Information visitor host and reporter Dan Kraker spoke with two coaches and a sports activities drugs physician about highschool sports activities in the course of the pandemic.
Dr. Steven Greer is a sports activities drugs physician and medical director at TRIA in St. Paul. He’s additionally a group doctor for Mounds View Excessive College.
Omar McMillan is head coach for boys basketball at Richfield Excessive College. He is additionally a fifth grade trainer at Richfield STEM and was a finalist for 2020 Trainer of the Yr.
Tracy Cassano is varsity women hockey coach at Minnetonka Excessive College.
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