KANSAS CITY, Kan – Schools prepare to welcome students back to the classroom in a few weeks. This year, once again, the spike in COVID-19 cases hangs over schools and how the school year will end.
We know that the goal is to keep students and staff as safe as possible, while providing face-to-face learning. Counties are still working to accurately determine the appearance of all those involved.
We also know that fall sports will be on schedule. The Kansas State High School Activity Association’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee met last week. Representatives on that committee said they would get everyone from coaches to parents involved to make the season a success.
“Sports are moving forward, we will have fall sports for young people. Can we keep it going? I certainly hope so, if we all work together, we will continue to maintain, we proved that last year with fall sports,” said Dr. David Smith, member of the Kansas State High School Activity Association’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
Smith is also a sports medicine physician at the University of Kansas Health System. He shared some of his concerns about the upcoming season in a Update COVID-19 with the University of Kansas Health on Tuesday morning.
One of the biggest problems Smith saw was while 40% of Kansasians are fully immunized, only 20% to 30% of children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 are vaccinated.
“My concern is perhaps greater that whether you’re vaccinated or not and you’re getting back into youth sports, what happens if you get sick? What will happen is that you should stay home and report the illness and go through the appropriate channels to evaluate it,” Smith said.
While that’s what the CDC and other health experts say is the process that needs to happen to stop, or at least limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, Smith said. that’s not always the case.
“I’m hearing stories about parents and kids, they don’t want to take them to the doctor because they don’t want to know because they don’t want to be the case that that indicator shuts down a team, and I said .
As a doctor, Smith said he recommends the COVID-19 vaccine because it’s safe. But he doesn’t want you to necessarily listen to him for that. Talk to your pediatrician when your teen attends a gymnastics session. He says this needs to be a team approach going forward so everyone can win against COVID-19.
“This is a team of young people who want to get back on the pitch. So how can we do that, having a team strategy is no different than your coach setting a strategy to win the game. We want to win this game,” Smith said. “We have to work together as a team and that’s brutal honesty, really, and then work with your healthcare professionals for proper testing and treatment.”
Health professionals are asking coaches to chat about vaccinations with their team members and plan for what would happen if a teammate tested positive.
“Nobody is required to be vaccinated to return to the sports field,” Smith said. “Again, we strongly recommend that as an Advisory Committee.”
While Smith and other medical experts on the subway say vaccinations are optional, they say they are the best way to protect everyone.
If you want to get vaccinated, you can just text your zip code Visit GETVAX (438829) for information on the nearest place to get vaccinated. This option is also available in Spanish by texting the zip code to VACUNA (822862).
Within seconds, you’ll have several locations for vaccinations, what vaccines are available, and information on making an appointment, or if you can just come in for an injection.
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