Youth sports returning to field safely

Garrett Short
Created: September 08, 2020 06:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Mayo Clinic pediatrician Dr. David Soma discusses the importance of youth sports and how resuming play is complex for different families and different sports.

Certain youth sports have re-taken the field after several silent months because of COVID-19. Cross country, soccer, swimming and tennis are a few of the sports back in action because they are easier to follow social distancing guidelines. Ideally, no tests would return positive, but that isn't realistic in sports where players come into contact with one another.


"We are trying to minimize risk, and we are not going to be able to eliminate it. Kids and humans have the potential for mistakes. Fortunately, children are much more mildy affected than adults. But, remember, children do have to go home and be around other people," Dr. Soma said.

There is always a risk with the way the virus spreads. Dr. Soma believes the possibility of returning to play is different for every family depending on the health of family members and anyone else the athlete may come into contact with. He says he believes select sports can and should return in order to benefit the young athletes. However, every possible safety measure should be taken in order to preserve the health of those on and off the field.

"It's not natural for them to practice social distancing. It's not natural for them to isolate themselves. And it's not natural for them to not want to high-five their teammate, have fun, and be on the playing field together," Dr. Soma said.

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