WASHINGTON — The University of Washington suspended the use of white towels at all of its athletic facilities Monday after discovering the material was not properly tested.WSU athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement that the university will be looking at how to improve its use of the material and is taking steps to make sure it is safer for students and staff.
The towels, which are typically used by athletes to cover up their sweaty bodies and keep sweat from building up in their bodies, were first reported by KOMO News in late February.
Woodward said he learned about the use at the beginning of the season when he was asked to review an incident in which the towel was thrown during a practice.
Woodwards said the towels are a safe alternative to plastic rollers used by the university’s athletics department.
The university uses disposable rollers for all of the team’s equipment, but the towel has been used at least four times, he said.
Woodwds statement did not mention the incident.