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The Suspension of the Handshake

In youth soccer, the traditional post game handshake is being discouraged by Montgomery Soccer Inc., at least until the flu scare has passed.

"Replace the post game handshake with a post-game cheer or round of
applause for the opposition," the league is urging coaches.

"Have players wash their hands before games and especially before
eating anything at the field -- hand sanitizers should be part of the
game day kit.

"Make sure players are not sharing drinking bottles or cups."

The traditional morning handshake among students and staff at the Norwood School, in Bethesda, has also been shelved for the moment.

Alternative greetings like the elbow bump, or a simple "Good Morning," can substitute, the school says.

By Michael E. Ruane  |  May 1, 2009; 2:36 PM ET
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Give. Me. A. Break.

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 1, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

An utterly reasonable precaution. Handshaking is a fantastic way to pick up flu and cold viruses from someone else, particularly since most people aren't the least bit assiduous about washing their hands after they sneeze into them.

I am always amazed by this silly American reluctance to "look uncool" by taking simple and effective hygiene measures.

Posted by: DupontJay | May 1, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Check my note on the "what if there is no soap" piece re: South Borneo elbow bump.

Posted by: Biggiepie | May 1, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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