CMSA Memo on Mumps in Alberta

source: CMSA


Due to recent concerns regarding outbreaks of the mumps virus across the country, CMSA is recommending against handshaking at the end of all CMSA games. It is suggested that teams line up facing each other and honor the other team with a clap or a cheer.


March 2, 2017

Dear CMSA Soccer Community,

Due to recent concerns regarding outbreaks of the mumps virus across the country, CMSA is recommending against handshaking at the end of all CMSA games. It is suggested that teams line up facing each other and honor the other team with a clap or a cheer and then proceed to their respective change rooms and thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water.

While there have been only a few reported cases in Alberta, CMSA encourages all players, team officials and referees to take precaution. Members and their coaches should be vigilant and take steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of their players. If any symptoms have been experienced associated with mumps, participants should not return to play until entirely symptom free.

Standard protocols that can help prevent the spreading of germs (including mumps) include:

  • No sharing of water bottles or other equipment
  • Covering one’s mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Washing hands regularly and/or carry bottles of hand sanitizer

Please share this information with your members and encourage all parties to monitor www.albertahealthservices.ca for more information. CMSA does not offer medical advice and questions regarding playing a sport and the risk around the mumps virus should be directed to your doctor or medical professional. 

Thank you,

Calgary Minor Soccer Association
[email protected]
403-279-8686


Resources: 

  1. Alberta Health Service Information
  2. CMSA Memo regarding mumps 
  3. Memo from the Alberta Soccer Association

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