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High School Sports Have Not Increased the Spread of COVID-19

By Mikey Rottier

During 2020, good news may seem hard to come by with the coronavirus pandemic taking control around the globe. Some high school students have lost a very important part of their lives. In some cases, the one thing that keeps them motivated to get out of bed in the morning, stay in shape, and keep up with their grades is athletics. Fortunately, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, a high school sports season may be more plausible than we thought.

Many conferences in the WIAA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association) have decided to cancel all athletic competitions throughout the fall and winter sports seasons with the safety of players, coaching staff, and everyone involved in mind. The Big Eight, which includes La Follette High School, is one of the most competitive conferences to opt out of the fall and winter seasons through January 24th. Some schools and conferences, however, have decided to design a list of rules and regulations that make it possible for some teams to participate in their normal competitions, while fending off the coronavirus. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the University of Wisconsin has conducted a study with results that indicate that participation of 14-17 year olds in high school sports does not have any correlation to the increase of positive tests of the COVID-19 virus in our state. This is encouraging for student athletes who are hoping to participate in a slightly altered spring sports season. Although the fall and winter seasons have been postponed indefinitely, it is not out of the question that a different decision will be made after January 24th. This good news from UW may help the case for athletes who are itching to compete.

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