Sports league bans high-fives due to flu concerns

January 16, 2013 8:39:14 AM PST
The high-five is as much a part of sports as the touchdown dance, but you won't see them any more in one sports league.

The Manhattan Youth Soccer Club in New York has banned high-fives, claiming health concerns. The league is worried high-fives could be helping spread the flu, so they've now banned the kids from touching each other.

That includes the handshakes teams give each other at the end of the game.

"We just thought it would be prudent to have some safety protocols in place for the kids," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Valeria Parkas. "At the end of the game, they'll meet each other and give each other the elbow."

Some parents say the ban is ridiculous and that kids should simply be encouraged to wash their hands more often.

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