Congressional District Candidate Interviews, How Athletic Performance Is Impacted By Presence Of Fans, High School Football And Covid-19

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A group of cheerleaders wearing masks and shaking pom poms stand in the bleachers.
In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, the Jemison band’s flag girls wear masks as they cheer on their team at an Alabama high school football game between Jemison and Thorsby in Thorsby, Ala. Many high schools have started football but states like California and Illinois canceled the entire season. (Vasha Hunt/AP Photo)

Many sports have and continue to push forward with their competitions and games but with one thing removed– their cheering, noise-making fans. We talk with a professor of performance psychology about how fan-less stands can impact an athlete’s performance. We also check in on how high schools across the state are handling sports, and we hear from two candidates running for Wisconsin’s Congressional seats torepresent the fifth district.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Tom Palzewicz Guest
  • Alan Chu Guest
  • Erin Richards Guest

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