Major league and collegiate teams are desperately trying to figure out ways to play ball, but millions of athletes are being overlooked in these discussions – those who compete in high school and youth sports. What does the fall look like for those young athletes? It looks pretty scary, write Tamara Hew-Butler and Phillip D. Levy of Wayne State University, especially if parents, coaches and health experts aren’t exceptionally careful. That extra care might involve blood tests rather than testing with swabs, and it definitely means not sharing drinks and water bottles.

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Ongoing testing, say the authors, is critical to bringing back amateur sports. Getty Images / Erik Isakson

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Tamara Hew-Butler, Wayne State University; Phillip D. Levy, Wayne State University

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