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April 30, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Swine flu and prep sports

Certainly all of us have at least one eye on swine flu news and headlines. Some of us are more concerned than others, but now the outbreak has impacted high school sports.

Yesterday, Texas officials announced that all prep sports-related activities have been postponed until May 11. Charles Breithaupt, the executive director of the University Interscholastic League, said the move was made at the recommendation of public health officials.

“The health and safety of our student activity participants is of the utmost importance,” Breithaupt said. “Taking every possible precaution to prevent the further spreading of this disease is an important contribution to the welfare of our great state, and altering the schedule of our events is a way to keep our participants safe.”

At the time of the story on Wednesday, there were 16 cases of swine flu in Texas and the governor declared a state of disaster for the entire state. About 53,000 students were out of school and multiple schools were closed for cleaning.

Today I saw that Alabama has followed suit.

“Right now, we are being advised by our Medical Advisory Committee to shut down all activities until further notice,” said Steve Savarese, executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. “We hope to be able to resume activities by next Tuesday, but right now we must study the situation and take it one day at a time.”

States like Arizona and Illinois have also expressed concern regarding swine flu and prep sports. I’d be willing to bet a couple paychecks that the WIAA is in that same boat, especially as news of our own state’s dealing with the outbreak is reported.

Any thoughts on these moves? Would you like to see a better-safe-than-sorry approach? Maybe the wait-and-see approach?

In some other prep-related news, notes and links:

  • That Florida pitcher’s no-hitter streak ended at four. Definitely a great run for Mr. Schuster.

  • Last week a prep baseball player in Missouri was killed after being hit by a wild pitch.

  • Here’s a great story from The Dallas Morning News on a former prep star that saved his friend from being hit by a car — an act that lost him both of his legs.

  • Did you know former MLB star Craig Biggio is a high-school baseball coach?

  • A former one-legged prep-sports star Carl Joseph in Florida was elected to the state hall of fame. Check out the story in USA Today.

  • Auburn University has a recruiting limo?

  • Oh, rumors are out today regarding Alex Rodriguez‘ habits in high school — naw, I’m not going there.

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