Senate committee looks at youth sports mask mandate

Thu 2-11-2021

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Governor Tim Walz's mask mandate for youth sports was  the focus of a Minnesota Senate hearing Wednesday.  Videos of a concussions, players passing out and a pileup on the basketball court was released by a citizens group as a committee took testimony. 

 Assistant Health Commissioner Dan Huff says they're tracking closely with sports associations and they have "not heard of any increase in injuries due to masking."  But Corey Peterson says his son suffered a concussion because of the mask mandate, which forces hockey players to keep their heads down. 

The group Let Them Play M-N says they have reports of 39 players passing out, 20 concussions, 48 needing doctor care and 18 E-R visits -- including an emergency life flight.