Tuesday morning, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) hosted a video conference call with school administrators, health officials, and media members from around the state to review and discuss finding from a research study conducted by Dr. Tim McGuine from UW Health.
The research study, with full results available here, looked at the impact of school closures and sports shutdowns on the mental, physical, and emotional health of high school student-athletes in Wisconsin.
The research study consisted of a short online survey of 3,243 adolescent athletes in Wisconsin, from 71 of the 72 counties in the state, regarding their feelings, emotions, and responses to the sport shutdown.
The findings show significant mental health, anxiety, and depression issues in the high school-aged population, and further emphasize the need for leaders at the state, local, and school levels to consider these issues when determining when and how to return to classroom instruction and extracurricular activities.
During and after the presentation, Dr. McGuine fielded questions from administrators, health officials, and media members about the study. In addition, Dr. Kevin Walther, another member of the WIAA Sports Medical Advisory Committee, provided information and answered questions about return-to-play. WIAA staff also addressed return-to-play questions and concerns.
The full video presentation can be viewed below.
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