They Weren't Being Rude: England's Soccer Team Banned Handshakes for Infection Prevention

August 6, 2018 | Physician Practice News

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​Bringing the World Cup to healthcare, risk managers may be interested in a July 6, 2018, article from iNews discussing how England's national soccer team banned handshakes during the international games. In training camp and during the tournament, the players were instructed by their medical staff to greet each other with fist bumps instead, as an infection control measure. According to the article, fist bumps are 20 times as healthy as handshakes and 10 times as clean as high fives.

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