Unique WIAA winter sports season kicks off

Posted at 7:02 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 20:02:42-05

The winter season kicks off with practice for some WIAA schools, while others are on pause. Dr. Kevin Walter, Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist at Children's Wisconsin, weighs in.

"I think basketball players are moving more. Get sweatier. Mask gets wet. That's when you gotta take off that wet mask, and put on a new one," Dr. Kevin Walter says. "So basketball players are going to need to come with a handful of masks, because they'll have to replace them pretty much over and over throughout the game, go home and wash them and clean them up."

Adjustments will be needed.

"If we want kids back at school, if we want them to play sports, and masking decreases the risk by even five percent - it's worth it," Dr. Walter says.

And one size won't fit all.

"What works for Arrowhead, may not work for Grafton, may not work for MPS. And so every district just has to kind of look at their own community. And figure out, what's the best decision," Dr. Walter says.

About 68 percent of the WIAA schools went ahead with fall sports, of some variety.

"I think fall sports went great. Over 90 percent of the teams that started, finished the season for every sport. So there were quarantines but that was expected. But I think really what we saw was that on field transmission, was just pretty low risk," Dr. Walter says.

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