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White House Blog Advises Against Post-Game Handshakes, Recommends Pre-Game Handwashing For Kids Sports Teams As Part of H1N1 Flu Prevention Effort

October 30th, 2009 · No Comments

The White House Blog is recommending that kids sports teams have their players wash their hands before games and do not shake hands afterwards to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu.

In a post titled, ” Flu Prevention Tips on the Fields,” Katie Stanton, “Director of Citizen Participation and a Soccer Mom,” writes:

“If your kids are playing on sports teams this fall, here are a few more tips to help them stay healthy:

* Have coaches remind children to cover sneezes and coughs with their sleeve or a tissue. Dispose of any tissues in a separate bag.

* Coaches (and parents) should make sure players stay home if they have a cough, cold, or flu for 24 hours after their symptoms have cleared.

* Have players wash their hands or use hand sanitizers before starting the game.

* Make sure players bring in their own water bottles and do not share them.

* Instead of post-game handshakes or high-fives, cheer or clap for the opposing team.”

My kids have soccer games scheduled for this Sunday (I’ll be refereeing), and I have passed this information on to our coaches and the league administrators.

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